From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
My right to free speech is very important to me - likewise, the free speech of others is just as important - I am free, as are all other citizens of this great Country, to listen to what I please and to turn off anything to which I do not care to listen. All of us vote every day with the twist of the dial - the same applies to the internet and to newspapers. I have not read a newspaper in years and don't intend to in the future - I do like, however, to get news through the internet - I don't believe any government entity needs to decide what sites are valuable and which are not - I do expect the sites I go to to be free of filthy language and porn - if they are not, I will not visit them again. I'm relatively intelligent - I can read - I can make my own decisions. Babysitting at this time in my life is entirely unnecessary. If the newspapers are failing, I believe it is because they are not giving the citizens of this Country what they want - giving us what they "think we need" is a defeating self-interest that has many of them near bankruptcy. If the newspapers cannot stay in business, then free enterprise is working - we do not need to "prop them up". Thank You PS - newspapers are called "fish wrappers" for a pretty good reason.