From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Gentlemen: I have just reviewed your "POTENTIAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUPPORT THE REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM" and must admit considerable consternation. Who are you people! This entire document smacks of Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime and newspeak! Pardon me for my simpleton view, but, apparently journalism is reinventing itself, of its own accord, in the free market at the hands of the consumer, just as other industries have and will continue to reinvent themselves to meet new demands. And if they do not, then they will share the fate of buggy whip manufacturers. So be it! Finally, let me re-acquaint you all with the following short and concise example of journalism: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I believe this applies to you as well. . . unless, of course, it is, in fact, your intention to simply control what information is available to "we the people".