From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I think journalists and media organizations deserve NO special protections or assistance. They are just like any other industry. They produce a product. If no one wants to buy it, then that's a problem with the product. It is NOT a reason to tax people to fund journalism, or to bail out bankrupt media organizations, or to create a Journalism Peace Corps, or anything else. I have a degree in journalism. I have practiced journalism. And the reason that journalism is in such a sorry state today is that journalism is no longer about informing the public about the facts. It's about using a medium (print, broadcast, Internet, whatever) to promote whatever agenda the "journalist" or her political master wants to promote. It's all about propaganda now. And no one wants to pay for propaganda. The FTC has no business meddling in journalism or media affairs, or in perpetuating the modern propaganda machine of today's media.