From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The constitution of the United States of America guarantees freedom of speech whether that speech be from extremists, moderates, or conservatives. The constitution also guarantees the freedom of the press - extended to electronic media not only hard copy newsmagazines, newspapers, etc. Regulating and taxing any form of media (especially conservative shows, blogs, websites, etc.) is working toward ultimate control of the media and what we, the populace, are going to be able to read. It will especially lead to only one view - the view that only a few people want seen. Many of these thoughts and ideas are being proposed by socialist thinkers not freedom loving, country loving people. Many might argue that this is not socialism, but rather moving to a one world (utopian) government. In his book, 1984, George Orwell wrote about a society that was controlled by one central group of people. The media was controlled in such a way that everyone heard or read only what "Big Brother" decided was essential for controlling the populace. Much of our current media is being "controlled" from Washington D.C. in much the same way that Orwell alluded to in his book. We are often being fed news that is definitly biased toward the current administration and the administration's views. Restricting reporting that does not always reflect the desires of Washington D.C. is a noose around the necks of the American people. This great nation was founded upon principles that provided for public opinion of many types. Throughout the history of this country many things have been disagreed and agreed upon by "we the people". We, as a nation, have grown strong because of the opportunities to oppose, reject, or even change ideas. The United States of America has become the greatest nation in world history. Do not destroy our nation because some media chiefs, polititions, or special groups do not like what is being presented in conservative media.