From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The old school media has been dying a slow death for years now, and quite frankly it's a waste of time and effort for this Administration to try to save the so-called "mainstream media." Internet news sites have been a real boon for those of us trying to escape the now-obvious political slant of the major news outlets, and the fact that this government is now trying to eliminate Internet freedom and other news organizations that don't tow the party line speaks very poorly of their real motivation. Not only would a government bailout of the existing news media serve no purpose except to prop up a paradigm that is dying a natural, inevitable death anyway, but it would also open the door to the main news outlets truly becoming government-controlled mouthpieces for the federal government, which would be absolutely unacceptable in American society. The Internet has worked so well precisely because it has up to this point been free of government interference, and that needs to be maintained. This Administration may not like what conservative media and bloggers have to say, but in this Republic we all still have free speech rights; neither this Administration nor any other has the right to seek the muzzling of voices it doesn't like.