From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03446

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Angela Toben
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
It is absolutely incredulous to me that you are even having this type of meeting. Journalism is a chosen profession just the same as managers of retail corporations, CEOs of any business, any business in general, administrative personnel, professions in the medical field, etc. Even the thought of attaching tax payer dollars to keep them afloat or bail them out because technology is leaving them behind is reprehensible. Just like any other busines or chosen profession, they must find some way, among themselves, of reinventing themselves, using the technology to their advantage, or be left behind. Many other good professions have taken on vast amounts of debt in better times as well. I don't see any government entity seeking to help THEM stay afloat. It seems to me this is another underhanded attempt for government to control the media. How you can justify making them a part of AmeriCorps or any other government sponsored program, and have the tax payer pay for it smacks of government control of the media and a silencing of whichever point of view the part in power doesn't want to hear or is not in keeping with their particular message. What kind of restrictions will you place on media outlets receiving government money? Please don't insult my intelligence by saying there won't be any restrictions. Let me be clear -- I DO NOT WANT MY TAX DOLLARS SPENT TOWARD PROPING UP OR BAILING OUT THE FIELD OF JOURNALISM OR THE MEDIA IN WHATEVER FORM IT IS PRESENTED! QUIT SPENDING!!! As with all free enterprise businesses, they must either figure it out themselves or go under!