From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
FTC Representatives, Traditional Journalism is suffering a decline because it has become a tool for propagandists. The internet makes it possible to view events as presented by a variety of sources thus enabling the viewer to make an informed assesment. The internet makes it possible to read a variety of opinions, reports and interpetations of events in comfort and convieniently. I have heard the very offensive statement that people are being "misled" by radio and internet news sources. The implication is that users are too stupid and easily led to come to their own conclusions. I believe those who think this way also think they would like to be the ones who mislead us stupid ones. I believe the government takeover and forced taxpayer support of the media represents a time tested approach to media control and censorship. If this control takes place, that source of news will be suspect. Most consumers will know to question what ever is reported and to assume that the opposite is true. If Americans are forced to revive the ham radio to keep the truth alive, we will. I find it hypocritical that the same administration that pushes the "green" agenda is also striving to keep the use of a paper borne media alive by taking money from taxpayers. The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC, ABC, NPR and other media sources are floundering because they are the voluntary Pravda of America. I urge you not to create an official government run Pravda. If this is pushed on American taxpayers in spite of our objections, the consolation is that most people will know it is not to be believed.