From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I don't want to be taxed on my use of things I like in order to subsidize stuff I don't like. If the newspapers are in trouble that's because nobody believes that propaganda anymore. No one wants the party line who can possibly avoid it. I want a free internet where the existence of information sources is not taxed. As Dan Gainor writes in The Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow Business & Media Institute: "No one doubts journalism needs 'reinvention.' Every industry does on a regular basis. But what is the FTC, and for that matter Congress, the FCC and more doing messing with journalism? Butting in where they don’t belong. This is the simplicity of what they are trying to mess with, our Constitution: 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.'" The FCC's job should be to preserve freedom of speech.