From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The future of Journalism should be determined by the private companies that provide journalistic content, not the federal government through subsidies. Just as buggy whips declined and died when the internal combustion engine took over transportation, so newspapers will have to adapt to a different medium of conveying journalistic content, or die. Many news organizations are already adapting successfully to the changing delivery media. Once the federal government controls the funding of journalism, inevitably, the federal government will influence and control journalistic and opinion forming content. The era of government censorship and control for political ends will be upon us. Keep government out of journalism, which is a private industry and should stay unfettered to investigate, report on and criticize whatever party is in power. If the federal government taxes other fields of endeavor to subsidize what has been traditional journalism, we will be fed the party line and talking points of the White House and the party in power, who will appoint their favored bureaucrats to manage the Journalism subsidies to this end. These are the tactics of authoritarian and communist governments to control the public. This is the most dangerous idea ever promulgated by the FTC.