From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I object to the government (through any of its agencies) becoming actively involved in "journalism." It seems to me that one of the purposes of a free press (as in the First Amendment to the Constitution) is to monitor and to report the truth of the actions of government. It is a violation of this freedom for government to become THE provider of the funding for venues for acquiring or practicing the skills needed for this career. It is my experience that by-and-large adults are capable of acquiring information and skills without the interference of government bureaucrats. We don't need distant government agents to tell us what's best for us--as if we're too ignorant to figure things out for ourselves--and prevent "mistakes." Mistakes, failures of all types are how we humans learn and become strong. No child grows into a strong adult through parents who do everything and manage everything for the child so that the child never deals with consequences--that is, never learns anything from personal experience. Such children becomes dysfunctional adults. They becomes dependent of their “sugar daddy.” Government intervention in journalism, as in education or any other area of citizen life,--being “Super Sugar Daddy”-- will and does have the same result--dysfunctional citizens. Let journalism figure itself out and become strong in what they do. And keep your hands out of my pockets; I don’t exist (work, learn, grow, etc.) so that “Sugar Daddy” has enough money to take care of his need be in control.