From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-03877

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Chris Beemer
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am deeply concerned the FTC or any other group or individual would consider politicizing speech, broadcast or otherwise, that is not profane or detrimental to the public, such as screaming, "Fire!" in a crowded location, where there was no fire. It is unlikely anyone is pleased by all the things they hear, but that in no way should prohibit what has been said. Recently, due to an error by an umpire, a very deserving pitcher was denied the chance to have pitched a perfect game. Does that, in some way, make it impossible to decry the injustice in this matter any more than supporting the umpire responsible? If you are willing to acknowledge there is no difference, then would politicizing the issue make any difference? If it is determined the umpire was a republican or supported their causes, does that somehow make him a dirty so and so. On the other hand, if he were a democrat is he somehow a hero, deserving praise for his sincere efforts on the field? What if we later determine the pitcher was a republican…or a democrat? Does that change anything? Once you start down this road, there is no turning back. Anyone responsible for creating such a disaster has surely lost his or her mind. Don't have anything to do with it. Let the public, in their wisdom or lack thereof, determine whose opinion they wish to listen to or read, providing it falls within the limits of decency already in effect. Ideology has nothing to with it; it has to do with freedom of speak. Mess with the latter concept at your peril. The American public is much aroused right now; some issues are best left alone. Thank you for your consideration.