From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Journalism and the associated media utilized to transmit information are interlinked and together form the basis of a business model. Private individuals and private businesses (as opposed to the government and government employees) utilize different journalism standards and communications technologies to best address the market targeted by the business model being used. The government should not and must not interfere with the content of messages, the choice of target audience or the communication technology utilized. The government has no role in these private enterprise choices. Furthermore, it is not the role of government to subsidize the free press and I personally abhor any effort on the part of government to make me pay for media content or communications technology. I will choose what I want to read, see and listen to and will pay market-defined prices for that information and for the technology used to transmit it. It is my choice to make and my decisions and those of the free market will determine the success or failure of the news media organizations.