From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01021

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Heath Houseman
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Journalism does not need to be reinvented to meet the needs of an ever expanding and overreaching government: “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.” That's all that needs to be said. But I'll add one more thing: This push for "reinvented journalism" is nothing more than Marxist ideology in politically correct wrapping paper meant to stifle, not only the freedom of speech, but the freedom of the individual--and my family has seen this before. My father emigrated from South Africa because he believed in the light of freedom America shone to the world--as corny as that probably sounds to you, it's absolutely true because he loves this country and everything it stands for. He was raised in a nationalistic and racist state that controlled all forms of speech (newspaper, radio and television, just like this so-called reinvention of journalism). And now the government is turning, day by day, into the nationalistic country he left with government takeovers of automobile companies and bailouts of banks, and now this push for the reinvention of journalism--blatant censorship and control of the media is what it amounts to--and it's breaking my father's heart. It's like he's returned to old Apartheid South Africa. Stop this reinvention of journalism. Stop it right now. Before America loses its heart and soul altogether, the very thing that brought my father here.