From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America requires freedom of speech and of the press. The people of this country must have ample opportunity to read and hear all sides of issues whether or not they are popular with whatever government happens to exist at the time. Right now liberal ideas are amply represented in most of the newspapers and television shows. Only a few of these are conservative. Radio on the other hand represents more conservative than liberal dialogue, a venue where liberal programs have failed to gain much audience because there is a preponderance of that in newspapers and on television where conservative ideas are very limited. Radio is an essential alternative. There has been much effort aimed at forcing radio to provide more liberal ideas in the name of balanced information. However there has been no such effort to force television and newspapers to provide more conservative information. This arouses a lot of questions in the minds of the public. Why are there attempts to control radio but none to control TV or newspapers? Why is censorship a one-way road? The internet now represents wide ranging points of view from the very liberal to the very conservative, so people are turning to it to provide balanced information that is not available otherwise. The idea of taxing anyone to pay for the training of journalists or the publishing of newspapers is reprehensible in that most of those are already liberal. People are not reading them as they used to because they already know what point of view will be taken and are tired of the same liberal line of slanted journalism that is presented almost constantly. If newspapers do not attract enough adds and subscribers to survive it is because they are not providing the news and information people want to read. There is absolutely no excuse for making the public pay to support more of the same. Journalism will survive and thrive in the future only if it presents to the people what they consider to be the truth. Right now fewer and fewer people trust it to do so. Trust is imperative if journalism is to make a comeback. Newspapers will survive when monopolies are broken up and there is more freedom to publish.Let competition decide who survives. The last thing we need is regulation, which is a violation of freedom of speech. We don't need any government taxes or government schools of journalism. Anyone reading this who is old enough to remember the Richfield Reporter 15 minute radio news casts during WWII will remember 15 minutes of non-stop news covering what was happening in the world. Unvarnished news, no editorial comments in either direction.We must have more of that along with factual information. Just the facts, no adulteration, no slanting, no subtle wording implying one- directional thinking. Facts only. Factual information Let the people decide for themselves what they think.