From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01077

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Lawrence Eakins
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I'm sorry, but, I guess I don't quite understand what role the FTC plays in journalism and the dissemination of information within this country. Journalism, as far as I can see, is a business concern and, as such, must survive or fail based on its business strategy and its ability to provide a product that creates a demand. As any other business does, journalism must make adjustments to survive in a changing world, especially, with regards to technology. The free markets must decide whether a business dealing in journalism is to survive or fail. The government has ABSOLUTELY no concern in this matter just as it should have NO concern in the failure of automakers, banks or other institutions that it has recently seen fit to interfere. Journalism is an element in a free society that can have NO interference or intervention by the government. Only tyrannies try to control, limit, subsidize or ban journalism in any of its forms whether it be the written newspaper, television, radio, satellite radio, internet or any other source. I think we ALL know the true purpose of this workshop; to subsidize failing liberal journalism businesses supportive of liberal socialist ideas at the cost of thriving journalism businesses that provide the citizens of this country honest information that supports liberty and freedom from tyranny. The FTC should cancel this workshop as the government of which the FTC is one element has NO authority to involve itself in matters of private enterprise.