From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
FTC should oppose, not invite, all taxes that take from one industry and redistribute to another, or to another section within the industry; such governmental interference is unwarranted, intrusive, and contrary to the Constitutional Rule of Law for a minimalist federal government as designed & explained by our Founding Fathers. To the 'media industry' specific: so what, if old paradigms die out under a mountain of stupidly-assumed financial debt? Town Criers are now wholly unemployed, with more efficient methods available; likewise, print and broadcast television media may be less efficient than internet and/or radio. But perhaps it's as simple as We The People simply don't appreciate the message fed to us over the TV and newspaper news systems; it is unconstitutional to force We The People into mandatory wealth redistribution to pay for a commercial product we don't want. And with all the venues for obtaining news these days, there is NO case that can be made for the FTC that it needs to bust up any monopoly; FTC needs to just get its grubby paws off of the 1st Amendment rights of We The People.