From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Throughout history, newer and better ideas replaced previous ones. What if there had been regulations 'propping up' the oil lantern? Would we all still be reading by lamps rather than electric lights? That is the purpose of being inventive, coming up with new ways of doing things. Also, it is not up to the government (or it's agencies) to regulate every aspect of our lives. If certain types of media cannot make it on their own, then they should be left to "fail" -- they are NOT "too big to fail". They can reinvent themselves and become relevant and if they cannot (just like other failed businesses), then they go out of business. Particularly in the area of journalism -- we must not allow government to have any hand. Journalism is to the the '4th' branch of our government -- how could that be possible if government is subsidizing or training the journalists? Who is going to bite the hand that feeds them? Absolutely the policy should be hands off and government (and agencies) should have no role in the area of journalism. Never! Look at history to see how it works when the government runs the news industry.