From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Please do not change the open & free access to the internet. For clarification, criminal activities such as child pornography, selling of illegal drugs, threatening the life of the president of the United States on Video, setting up terror groups, etc. would NOT be a part of this open access. Although I know the internet can be misused by people, so can neighborhood "gossip." If either goes beyond a certain point then there are legal avenues that can be pursued that are already in place. Internet businesses have been a great source of revenue for many who otherwise would not have been able to start a business. They simply could not have afforded the rent of a building, babysitting expenses, etc. Each of these businesses already pays taxes on its profits and has to spend an inordinate amount of tie on what I call "bookwork." Adding internet taxes, fees, etc., will only make that bookwork more complicated. Some will give up and others will never begin their "dream" because it is just too complicated. This, in turn, actually brings in less money in the way of taxes on the business to the government. EVERYONE LOSES! I would also ask you to please leave the laws about radio and TV talk shows alone. The Fairness Doctrine is anything but fair and just causes more financial hardship during an already financially difficult time in our country. I too do not like what many programs say whether they are ultra right or ultra left. That is not the point. I don't have to like them. But, we do have the freedom in this country to express our opinions no matter how obnoxious or ridiculous they may be. If people want to promote that the earth is flat, that is their right, wrong as their facts are. I don't want to take that away from them. (Obviously, as I stated in the first paragraph, I am not talking about illegal things such as publishing a book of child pornography,etc.) I have certain conservative moral stands. However, I do NOT want to take the right of those who have extremely opposite viewpoints from mine away. I want them to have the right to openly express these viewpoints. I may want to try and "reason" with them to show them the benefit of my way of thinking, but I don't want want to "shut them up" nor force them into my way of doing things. I might even join a peaceful group holding signs, for example, saying "support our soldiers" in opposition to others protesting across the street against our presence in the Mideast. But, to take that right away, whether a protest, a talk show or a published book goes against everything our country was founded upon and what makes this country unique and great. Let us not turn into a dictatorship.