From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Freedom of speech and competition are how journalism will survive in the Internet Age. Freedom of speech -- in all forms, including the Internet, is crucial to the maintenance of a government by the people rather than for, on, or to the people. When newspapers return to accurate, unbiased, truthful reporting of facts -- not the personal opinions of their editors or owners -- readers (and advertisers) will return. The marketplace is continually evolving and those marketers (journalists included) who respond to those changing conditions with innovation, improved products and / or specialized services not only survive but thrive and grow. It is not the responsibility of the Government or the FTC to protect or provide advantages for the newspaper industry or any segment of traditional media especially not at the expense of the freedoms of our citizens or through bans, restrictions, penalties, fees, or other expenses added to the Internet forms of communications.