From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Even from before the founding of this country, journalists and thinkers used the press to disseminate their ideas with pamphlets, leaflets, papers, newspapers and handbills. It was a grassroots effort with no government involvement. In fact, the young nation made a point of specifically guaranteeing freedom of the press as a matter of freedom of speech. This is no time for the government to begin meddling in the affairs of journalism and media, just because the means of communication has changed to electronic media. I categorically oppose any government intervention of any kind in the communication and dissemination of ideas and news. As people desire to be informed, they will find the means of obtaining the news. The government has no need to intervene. Indeed, lovers of liberty and patriots everywhere tremble at the thought of the government taking any role in promoting types of communication or streams of thought, because of the threat of control, coercion and manipulation, or the threats of discrimination, proscription and bias on the part of government actors, including the FTC.