From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
My personal belief is that speech shouldn't be hampered and that the government's involvement in propping up a particular industry of journalism above another is unethical. The internet is a powerful tool for good and bad, but the truth is that the paper, and even tv, media can't compare to the accessibility of news, videos, audio, and opinions that are shared on the internet. The reason for the downfall of so-called "journalism" is due to the public's increasing awareness of biased and filtered news. On the internet, a citizen can see the whole unedited video or audio and take a personal stance on an issue. I can see that some content may be untrue or biased, but who is the government, or its entities, to decide what is true or appropriate for its citizens who have a mind and conscience of their own. The news media needs to get with the times or they will fall short. Just like how we must move away from oil in pursuit of better technological energy, we must realize that the old way of news and information is becoming an antiquated technology that needs to allow the internet to fill its void. I urge you to not pass a law that inhibits our freedoms of speech and choice. Thank you.