From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-01997

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Phil Bolles
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
News organizations no longer report the news. They have become a government propaganda machine, not unlike Tass or Isvestia. Consequently, as readers grow weary of being fed the daily party line, they stop paying attention which translates into lower circulation and advertising revenue. The real journalism is in the blogs, the internet, and outside of the mainstream media. The mainstream media should not be the recipient of yet another bailout by taxpayers that have rejected them. The mainstream media have developed their own operating paradigm and it has failed. So too should they be allowed to fail. Consequently, the proposed taxes will only result in a further drain on the economy to support an industry that doesn't serve the American citizens. We don't need Americorps to promote journalism training. There are plenty of colleges and other private institutions that teach journalism to those who wish to pursue it. Training in Americorps will only result in taxpayers supporting a new extension of the government propaganda machine. There is no reason for the taxpayer to subsidize journalists' salaries. If these people can't make an honest living by serving the needs of society, they should change professions. Subsidizing journalists and news media is the equivalent drain on the economy as subsidizing buggy whip manufacturers. The media, through its own choice not to remain an independent source of information for the American people, has terminated its reason for existence.