From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
It is my opinion that the demise of the newspapers is no ones fault but their own when they stopped reporting the news as it happened with any degree of accuracy as small home town newspapers still do to postulating their slanted liberal view of what they want the public to know and to enforce a liberal public opinion. I stopped buying big city newspapers 50 years ago for those reasons. Samuel Clemens once said "You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time." Conservative thinking people saw this early on and every day that passes more folks are catching on and simply not buying the newspaper. Most of the printed matter are advertisements that most folks do not read anyway and trash them, what a waste of paper, and who wants to pay for add's? The internet however opens the world to anyone who is interested in world events that are not slanted to anyone's agenda. People of like thinking can converse with each other and have discussions on the events of the day. This media is open to everyone Liberal or Conservative and one can contribute and opine on these programs as one feels fit and as a form of Free Speech. The internet should never be taxed in any way for the reason that it is the free transport of knowlege and free speech. It should be no different than a Criar standing on a soap box on a street corner presenting the news or a politition presenting his view points during colonial times. To tax in any form of any of the articles posted in the Bill of Rights is anathema. Freedom of Speech is one of them and the interenet is todays avenue of that freedom. No, the newspaper conglomerates shall not be compensated in any way or bailed out. They imposed this on themselves and folks are getting wise to it and are tired of it and therefore stopped supporting it. A company, any company in any industry has a right to start up and operate. To be successful it must have a product that people will purchase. If they become outdated or folks no longer care about their product, they go out of business. In like manner companies have a right to go out of business as well. The public at large shall not be responcible for that companies demise or shall they be taxed for the support of that company or its employees. As many of us who have been laid off in the past, they can travel the same route.