From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
To Whom it may concern, I don't believe it is necessary for you to get involved in figuring out how journalism is going to survive. Let journalism figure it out on its own! You weren't there to help it get started it years ago, so you don't need to help it now. As far as the news organizations and their debts are concerned, let them figure it out!! Stop using my money to bail everybody out. If they go bankrupt or they have to sell off an asset or two of their business to survive then so be it. They will learn their lesson and make better decisions the next time about going into debt. Won't that help our country? To have citizens make decisions based on what they can afford instead of what they want to afford? My government does not need to create Americorps!! I don't want my hard-earned money going to a school for journalism. At this rate if any more of my money gets set aside for someone else's use, I won't have any left!!!!! Journalism is not necessary to our survival as a country. Money that the government asks for should be going towards keeping us safe (increasing our military pay instead of decreasing it!), working on immigration and illegal human trafficking, fixing Medicaid/Medicare and fixing Social Security. The fact that this is before the FTC is ridiculous and a waste of time and money. My government should not even be discussing the future of journalism. There is only one reason a government is interested in journalism. To control it so they control what the people know and believe. Journalism does NOT belong in the hands of ANY government!!! I believe we have the right to free speech. That is why we have journalism. To make journalism conform to whatever our government wants is terrible and destructive to our freedom of speech! You have no right to allow or enforce this unauthorized use of my money! Also, how can you look at new regulations for journalism and making them work when you cannot (or will not) enforce decency laws on TV and the internet?? How about getting rid of porn on the internet before you go stomping on my right to have good, objective journalism! Please do not allow this destruction on my Freedom of Speech and unauthorized use of my money. Thank you. Jennifer R Redding