From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The essence of free speech is the total and complete absence of any and all government influence. Since the United States may possibly have the most literate population of any country in the world, it may be fairly assumed that its people are fully capable of assessing the relative worth of ideas that are put before them. Publications or other media of communication will survive or fail, and rightly so, on the basis of the public's perception of the worth of the ideas they espouse. Keep the heavy hand of government out of the communications business.