From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-04923

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John DeBrosse
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
RE: The Future of Journalism As it concerns the FTC's recent two-day workshop on the future of journalism, I would first challenge the premise that there needs to be anything done, at a legislative or regulatory level, "to better-support and lower the costs of journalism". The news organizations that are currently "struggling with large debts they took on during better times" are literally reaping the harvest of their own destruction, the seeds of which they sewed by adopting agenda-driven, ideologue positions within the body of essentially all the "news" they report. As a whole, this so-called body of "journalists" has ceased reporting, and has become sycophants for those powerful few in our society who hold views about life and what constitutes well-functioning society that are diametrically opposed to the views of mainstream members of our society. What is currently being experienced by the establishment media is the free-market, in action. The "news" product of the establishment media is not what I, or others I know, either want or are willing to support. Fortunately, an alternative media has grown up in our nation that allows for and reflects the views held by the majority of the citizenry, and it is to that alternative media that both advertising dollars and viewership are flocking. No industry is "too big to fail", nor too important. The death of what this workshop on the future of journalism would purport to protect and salvage cannot happen quickly enough, as far as I am concerned. My bottom-line to the FTC - get out of the way, and allow the free market to work. I will countenance no taxes, legislation or regulation to prop up an institution whose time has come, and now blessedly, gone.