From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Federal Trade Commission, As an American citizen, I can not see any possible reason for the FTC to be involved in the future of journalism. The federal government has no place to spend public funds to further the well being of the press. The press is to be an entity for expressions that are supported only by those who choose to read or purchase the writings of the ones doing the publishing, projecting, or printing. If a journalistic entity fails, due to the fact that the readers disagree and don't believe or don't purchase, then they do not succeed; they do not continue to be a viable resource. That's the end of them! I am appalled that the FTC is even considering taxing, subsidizing, or entitling any portion of the media. STAY OUT of it. The press is supposed to be a means of the free expressions of individuals or organizations. If you, in any part, are worried about the future of the press, then that concern should alert and terrify the citizens of this country. Your interest in the media's future signals "censorship" and "propaganda". The freedom to choose who you listen to, read, or follow via print whether in a newspaper, on the radio, through the internet, is the basis of the free exchange of ideas. WE DON'T WANT THE FTC DECIDING WHO AND HOW IDEAS ARE SHARED OR FURTHERED. The FTC is overstepping in a serious way. Keep the public safe from pornography and filth on the airways, but stay out of funding!