From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
In regards to the "Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism" I have the following comments. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press" - Do you reconize these words? You should. It allows you to function. How can you even consider censoring, limiting, or restraining free speech – on talk radio, on the internet or anywhere else. It appears that the real targets are "certain" areas of the media/talk radio/web sites. That makes it even worse. This is not a principle that our country was founded on and should not be allowed, just because it might be possible to ram through legislation at this point in history. The FTC does not have the right to mess with freedom of the press! Stay out of it. Americans have had enough taxes shoved down our throats and know that there are more to come. Don't be a part of allowing new taxes on TV, cell phones, ipods, or ISP. If media outlets or advertising firms require funding that was lost because of the internet, the recession, or some other reason, let them find a way to stay afloat without picking my pocket. Nobody did anything to keep us afloat when my husband lost his job due to shifts in consumer spending brought on by new technology. We adapted and he now has a new career. Typewriters are almost obsolete. Paper dayplanners are also a dying consumer product. We don't need a tax to keep them around. When I grew up there were 7 small drug stores in a small town of about 5000 people. They are all gone now. They were replaced by large chain drug stores in larger towns that our local people can no longer walk to. That is reality. That is the free market. The same can be said of the local grocery and tool stores. They went away when Home Depot and Walmart arrived even though they were 20 minutes away by car. Nobody bailed out those store owners. Maybe some companies which hire jounalists and advertising agents should consolidate. With the internet and satellite TV and radio, we do not need as many companies/employees in these fields as in the past. Let the advertising on the most popular internet sites pay for journalists to write on other sites. The world is changing. Don't make me pay for someone else to keep a company running or an employee in a position that is not needed. Again, we're back to a free market economy. That is what America was built on. There are so many people who feel this way but are too quiet to voice their opinion. They voice them every day at the water cooler, in church lobbies, on street corners, and in restaurants. And yes, they are all legal, tax-paying citizens who vote. If you back them into a corner you will most likely hear from them then and won't like what they have to say. Do the right thing now. Keep out of this.