From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I feel that the internet provides us with just as adequate journalism as anything available from the newspapers. People have a right to access the news in any manner they choose and one should not be forced to pay for newspapers. The limited coverage provided by newspapers has often been subject to a limited number of special interest groups having special influence over what the public reads. On the internet a much wider group is able to be read and thus exert influence. This is ideal in our view of freedom of speech and the press. What you are advocating is really a type of "acceptable" news and censorship, in addition to requiring the overtaxed American public to pay for something they have no or limited interest in. Support free speech and freedom from taxation of our news access. "Town Criers" would actually be better than the sort of "journalism" that we Americans have been subject to in the past. The American Newspaper is just another business like any other and has to deal with technological advances just like any production worker who has been laid off because of technological advances. It is their problem and not the American public's who have gone on to more modern and better things. Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion.