From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The FTC can best support journalism by letting the market dictate what evolves. Journalists are just as capable of navigating the changing trends in technology as are the rest of us. If technology is going to put me out of work, then I must change to keep up with what the market and technology demand. If I worked for a newspaper that had declining readership, I would be looking to how I could find an internet niche. If paper newspapers are going out of business, it is not the government's place to support them. Let the market determine what evolves and thrives. There are some silly ideas being floated around about how to support journalists, even to the point of paying AmeriCorp workers to be journalists.This was not the original intent of AmeriCorp, and you know it. We have academics and government workers who want to see more liberal perspectives in the media, when liberals already hold most of the major tv networks and most cable networks, public broadcasting, the major newspapers in urban areas, most news magazines. Good grief! What else do they want? Why should the federal government get involved in supporting particular points of view in news? Hands off! Let the American citizens choices in news dictate what news entities survive and which ones do not. Let the American citizens decide what we want to read, hear and view and where we will do it. Get government out of this! Thank you. Patricia Cole