From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
It is my opinion that the free market should determine the out-come of any publication, or for that matter any business. Should the government have stopped the transition from horse drawn transportation to the automobile? Or, perhaps we should have stopped the wide spread demand and use of the telephone when it would slow the demand and need for mail or telegrams? Progress is an essential element of our great nation. Is it reasonable to limit the access that Americans have to the internet as their news source in favor of keeping a form of media alive that people clearly are choosing to not support? I think not. The U.S. Government should not interfer with the free market that is simply an extension of the choices that the people make. In addition, the availability of free speech for those of us who want all sides to the news, which includes conservative points of view, should never be interferred with by the government. Let progress, even with its changes in demand for certain products, take the normal course. In America, we treasure our freedom to chose. Government is of the people, by the people, and for the people...please don't forget that. If publications are having trouble surviving, they will need to adapt, modernize, and find a niche that they can capitalize on in this ever changing societal evolution.