From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The Federal Trade Commission has no business subsidizing the economic failures of Old Journalism with my tax dollars. I am totally opposed to the recommendations outlined in the FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION STAFF DISCUSSION DRAFT: POTENTIAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUPPORT THE REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM. Implementation of the recommendations outlined therein would only serve to prop-up a failing institution. Why is the FTC trying to save the FAILING institutions of journalism rather than supporting the ones that have proven are preferred by the American people? Newspapers are failing for a reason, not because of some chance event. This proposal is no different than the government trying to save the horse and buggy industry after the creation of automobiles. This is a total waste of U.S. taxpayer's dollars The reason the old form of communication (i.e., newspapers) has fallen out of favor is because its content no longer reflects the views of a majority of Americans. It actually hasn't reflected our views for years, but until recently, we had no alternative. That's the real problem for newspapers. Things have changed. Now we have an alternative. We voted with our feet, and stopped buying all those local rags that no longer reflected the views of a majority of Americans. Why should the American people now be forced to subsidize with our tax dollars an industry which we have already clearly shown we no longer support as based on our purchasing and news viewing patterns? The new forms of news provide a FAR broader perspective on the events of the day than does the dinosaur newspaper media which the American people now know (after years of revelations about media bias) provides only one side of the story. We don't need bureaucrats telling us what forms of journalism are acceptable or superior and which ones are not. We can make those decisions on our own. Finally, how is subsidizing a supposedly independent press going to result in more objective reporting about the very entity (government) that has become its sugar daddy? Answer: It won't. This is a bail out of the last remaining vestiges of the government-sympathetic media that we've suffered with for the last 70 years or more. The American people are through with that model. We've already moved on to true journalistic freedom. Sorry, but newspapers were the losers in that debate. Its time that they and the FTC realize it.