From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am writing in response to the FCC's desire to address the needs of journalism in this changing time. For the first time in history we have access to information at lightening speed. In times past, newspapers and periodicals and even television news were the cutting edge. However, in today's world the internet is the viable source of information. This forum provides freedom of press and freedom of information in a tangible way to the greatest masses of people. This is not a forum for the FCC to begin to regulate and "control". I consider your ideas to be an intrusion into our lives and a misguided attempt to control the flow of information. There has never been a time when the free flow of information as been so readily available and as you know an educated and enlightened generation of people are the most productive and the happiest. Given the current circumstances of widespread corruption, wars, strife and political events; having access to the most current and honest reporting is essential. I am grateful that average citizens can provide news and information unfiltered by the "group think" currently present in the news today. Every news channel, news paper and media outlet prints the exact same thing, approved by the owners of the media. The internet is free speech by the people and for the people. We will not tolerate another encroachment on free speech and free press. So politely I say - Hands off - back off. I am 50 years old and my husband, my grown daughters and my 70 year old mother all get our news and information from the internet. It is the last bastion of free speech and free press there is. I feel passionately about this and so do most of America. Sincerely, Melissa McLeod