From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00358

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Peter Stoll
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
As specified in section one of the Communications Act as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (amendment to 47 U.S.C. §151) it is the FCC's mission to "make available so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex, rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication services with adequate facilities at reasonable charges."[sic] The Act furthermore provides that the FCC was created "for the purpose of the national defense" and "for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communications." I have NO PROBLEM with government assuring that information is made available to all. And, as it relates to the military having appropriate frequencies, I have no problem. HOWEVER, it is not the role of government to involve itself in any way with those that actually report information. Government involvement in this arena has been seen in nations such as China, Iraq, Iran, etc. ect. wherever there is a central government that wishes to "control" the message. This is EXTRAORDINARILY DANGEROUS and threatens any semblence of a "free press". It seems that whatever the Obama Adminstration cannot control via leglisation, it will try to do so via the regulatory apparatus. Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can use different regulations – like “localism” and “media diversity” - to achieve the exact same “Fairness” Doctrine-esque results – silencing the conservative and Christian talk radio hosts. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says he believes the federal government in Washington, D.C. has a role in deciding what your "local interests" are – in your town on your local talk radio station – and wants to not renew their licenses based on what they think you need to hear. This is NOT how things are supposed to be in the United States of America.