From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am very much opposed to any plan to tax cell phones or any electronic communications device in order to support "traditional" (newspaper or other journalism type). I am also opposed to any Americorps funding for journalism. The government should not be in the business of choosing what form of journalism or communications is "best" or "most important". Citizens are fully capable of choosing which media outlets provide them with the most reliable and truthful information. We do not need the government deciding for us or limiting in any way where we get our information. Taxing successful media in order to support the unsuccessful is reprehensible. Newspapers and other "traditional" media are failing BECAUSE citizens know they are biased, slant the news, and omit what they do not approve. If they provided responsible, truthful, unbiased reporting, people would be supporting them with their dollars. The government is way out of line in trying to choose who will be winners and losers in media. Stop interfering with the public's access to media sources they find to be more informational and truthful than those which government thinks best.