From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
First of all, thank you for allowing me to comment on this issue. I believe that free speech is a cornerstone of our Republic and that the media provides an important check and balance to our system of government. While it is true that the internet has had a detrimental effect on the business model of a number of established print media companies, it is also true that it has provided a way for more people to become informed than ever before. While some print media companies will be able to adapt to the internet age and will thrive, others will not. This is the nature of the free market system. Companies that can adapt to changing market conditions will survive. Those that cannot adapt, go out of business. If government imposes a tax on media or regulates it in any way, it restricts free speech and violates our First Amendment rights. If government funds media, it has a vested interest in the message the media voices to the public. This also restricts free speech and violates our First Amendment rights. Either way, the American people lose. The bottom line is government should stay out of media. No taxes, no regulation, no funding. Let the American people decide what they want. The American people know what they want, they always have.