From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-02142

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Kelly Stamper
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
From my point of view, it appears that true journalism does not exist in this country anymore. The mainstream media doesn't cover the REAL stories happening across America, and those who watch cable news have been characterized as "whack jobs" or "conspiracy theorists". The internet and talk radio are sources that people need in order to communicate with each other, especially when it appears that our own government will not listen to the voice of the people. With these other sources, we are learning things from many points of view, which is a wonderful thing! What I am unhappy with is the curtailing of our freedom of speech. While I don't LIKE some of the opinions I read in blogs or other sources on the internet, I don't insist that they should be quieted. They are entitled to their own opinion, whether or not I agree. What I've seen happen in my 50 years of life is the onset of political correctness. This is a form of curtailment of our freedom of speech. What ever happened to the saying we all learned in childhood - "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?" I do NOT support any infringement of our freedom of speech. I also do NOT support government funding of 'journalism', as that will take away our "freedom of the press". Stick to the Bill of rights when deciding on this very important issue. Once our rights are stripped away, where can we go for freedom?