From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am writing to express my opinion regarding the "Reinvention of Journalism" taxes? I realize that media consumption has changed dramatically and that journalism is taking a hit but it's not unlike most other industries these days. Everyone is being forced to reinvent themselves to make it in the world today but we all can not expect everyone around us to fix our problems. It is not fair to the rest of the working people who are also struggling to make it. I don't know what the answer is except that the news people need to make a superior product that would make the people want to purchase it...i.e. on line news subscriptions. I realize that we can get it free on-line, but no one ever knows if it's truly accurate. So make sure that this superior news product can not be pirated by others on the internet. But taxing the American people any more to bail out another failing industry is insanity. This is their career choice and if times are tough they deal with it like the rest of us. If this is the case, than everyone in this country deserves a bail-out because pretty much all industries are hurting. The American people certainly should not be expected at all to pay the journalists salary...isn't that what we pay for when we consume media via purchasing newspapers, magazines, cable/satellite, internet and all products that are advertising on the airways. Journalism needs to reinvent themselves, no expect others to fix their problems. What happened to Capitalism? This is just another step towards socialism and has Margaret Thatcher said..."The problem with the socialist model is, they always run out of other people's money." On top of it, someone is asking you to consider a "Drudge" tax? that is even more ridiculous. How can you tax speech? This is the first amendment and our God given right! Just because the current government does not like what is being said by the conservatives, does not give them the right to try and stop it. This goes both ways, the conservatives can not stop what the liberals want to say either. A "journalism division??? The government can not be a part of training future journalists as there would then be no fair and balanced news! A true journalist would not permit Government run media...sounds a bit like communism. A "citizenship media fund?" When will the mass taxation stop? WE are being taxed already on cell phones and internet and cable and satellite TV/radio, etc. and now the Federal Government wants a piece and wants to control our media? Where are our freedoms and why is Government trying to take away all our individual rights that were fought for by our founding fathers? Eventually there will be no incentive for anyone to work when the government will be taking more of our money than what we take...it's near there right now and the working people of this country are getting fed up! Please take a step in stopping the madness and not allow these taxes to go through! Thank you for your time and consideration.