From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03082

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Robert Boyle
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
In regards to the phrase "How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?”, this is a rhetorical question. That's like saying how will a car manufacturer that sells one car model that has 12 cylinders and gets 3 miles to a gallon of gas survive today in our economy. That's a simple question, first that car manufacture won't survive unless they adapt for today's economy. Smaller vehicles, smaller more efficient engines and different models for a diverse representation of the people all which is necessary to adapt and be successful in today's world. Journalism is the same way; our economy is based on a free enterprise system and is the reason that we are where we are today. Journalism like any other industry will, to adapt and compete in today's economy, have to make the changes necessary to survive or they will not make it in the real world. I am an American and am working overseas now because of lack of work in the USA. To see and hear about the economy and political environment back in the states is a simple matter of getting on the Internet and viewing my local newspaper's, radio and tv websites. I think that almost all news organizations today, radio, tv and newspapers are doing this. So I really don't understand the issue. If... "news organizations are struggling with large debts they took on during better times"... then they have to adapt and change, it's how America rose through the years and will continue in the future. For the FTC to propose some new regulations and new taxes to better control those news media’s that are efficient and give to those organizations that aren't efficient and don't have much of a following, I am totally against this type of take from those that have and give to those that don't. The FTC should only be looking at all organizations both Liberal and Conservative as the same. Any regulations or taxes should be for the best of all and especially the consumer. There should not be any bias or undue influence from any organization in regard to regulations or taxes. In a free enterprise or rather in America freedom of speech is one of our most revered freedoms. Wiki answers states..."The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. Its principal mission is the promotion of "consumer protection" and the elimination and prevention of what regulators perceive to be "anti-competitive" business practices."... Consumer protection for me is to have the right to listen to talk radio whether it is conservative or liberal, my choice. If surviving in a free enterprise system is considered an "anti-competitive business practice", then there is something wrong. If an organization has product they can't sell and is failing because of poor business practices, they go under, they sell or they merge with another organization. As an American with the freedom and the right to free speech I oppose any regulations and taxes that infringe on this right. And I am opposed to the regulations proposed above. And from my understanding of what this new regulation is proposing I think the FTC needs to look at what they are proposing and if it going against its organization charter. ..."anti-competitive business practice".