From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Dear Sirs; Even the title of your workshop "From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?" wreaks with malice and bias against a priviledge granted to the citizens of the United States of America since it's founding and guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. This is an egregious affront to the liberties of freedom loving people that has been a hallmark of this great nation since if founding. It will be a sad day, for the United States of America, and the world as a whole for anyone in power who disagrees with anyone's opinion and then is given the power to stifle and surpress free speech for anyone regardless of their religious, political of personal views. This would set a very dangerous precedent and sounds like shades of the rules set by dictators and very surpressieve governments, and not one of American principles, as stated by documents arrived at after the founders of this great nation believed was necxessary for a free and open society, as opposed to the strict and controlled society they had been living unnder since their arrival on this continent. This after living under this type of surpressieve government, ruled from across the Alantic ocean by tyraqnts, and when it came time to form a constitution to form this United States of America felt so strongly about it to make it the first and formost right of the people to assemble and speak freely. If people are educated, not indoctrinated, they will have enough commn sense to decide for themselves and not have any and all forms of information decided what is good or what should be censored which is very scary. Then this arrives at the very cruix of this kind of thinking, because as has been proven throught history, who ever controls the education and information given to the masses, also controls sway over every persons need to obtain information from all points of view in order to make informed decisions. This is the absolute worst proposal imaginable and should be an affront to every freedom loving person in this United States. Thse are the things that have set this great nation apart from surperessive governments even many I have seen and read about in my lifetime and this would be the most damaging proposal that I could even imagine and should be shelved. Sincerely Kenneth Naysmith