From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
FTC has no business trying to regulate, tax, discourage/encourage, or otherwise mess with the FREEDOM and DIVERSITY of the press or the internet. Your suggestion of adding a journalism wing to Americorps is outrageous. We can employ our own cub reporters, thank you. That is NOT the right function of the government, but if you want to do something legitimate and helpful----break up the huge media conglomerates under anti-trust provisions. Six major media companies now completely dominate both news and entertainment in America and they are all multi-national organizations controlled by boards and stockholders who are largely NOT American. So why don't you get up on your hind legs and bust Viacom and the rest of the big buddies? Do yourselves and us a favor. We are sick to death of the same flavor of pablum "news" and many of us have pulled the plug on the "entertainment" being offered. Busting up the conglomerates would spice up the air space and make the industry more profitable by creating more choice and depth in offerings of the the marketplace. And if Viacom doesn't like it, well, it's all for the best for the industry---and that, above and beyond all else, is what the FTC should be nurturing: a varied, healthy, self-sustaining, popular, professional media industry in America.