From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
"Journalism" is not only newspapers and written forms of media. People are getting their information much more frequently through other mediums such as online blogs, online newspapers, online periodicals, and radio. News media can adapt to this shift just as retailers and small businesses have had to increase their online and radio presence to stay competitive in the market. We don't need to bail out the newspapers, and I especially don't want to spend my tax dollars on mainstream media who calls me, as a Tea Party supporter, a bigot, a racist, a terrorist, and a threat to the country while defending the real terrorists and threats to the nation. As the "Fourth Institution," the media is to report what is happening in the world and our nation from an unbiased perspective, not one that is in the back pocket of government. This is yet another attempt to expand government control over what the individual person does or is allowed to think, and I don't agree with it. I feel the ultimate goal of your conference should be not how to bail out journalism, but to help it adapt using its own resources to a changing market.