From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Journalism and the practice of press will forever be alive in the free-market system. Where the people have become unsatisfied with the press that is out there right now, they have turned to the blogosphere to get more and more of their news. It is a free market. There are plenty of people who will be journalists for free, and when they get tired of that they will figure out how to monetize it, just as traditional media has done in the past. Absolutely the WORST thing that we could do is bail out, prop up, or otherwise lend taxpayer support to our press. It would not be a free press any longer, and would violate the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. Speech from that point on would not be free. The free market is full of success stories. Give Americans the ability to think for themselves, buy for themselves, read for themselves, produce for themselves, and govern for themselves. Stop trying to maintain a status quo that is changing. Just let it change. The American people will choose how they want their news. They will choose how they want to consume it, and how they want it delivered. We do not need the government, either partisan or non-partisan to tell us in any way how we should consume media, or what type of media should be produced. The problem with the traditional media is that the industry is trying to maintain operations in the 20th century while adding the 21st century on as an afterthought. If they cannot overcome adversity, then let them die. That may sound cruel, but I pose a question. A newspaper had 100 journalists. Due to the public consuming news differently, and an editor who was out of touch with what customers wanted in a news organization, the newspaper could not pay their bills. The newspaper could not find a buyer for their company and was forced to close. What do you have left? Answer: 100 Journalists. Point being, you do not end up with 100 farmers, or 100 auto workers. What you end up with is exactly what you started with. 100 journalists. Experts who are trained in a field. Did the government bail out the IT industry during the Dot-Com bubble in 2001? Nope. I was served a McDonald's hamburger by a former IBM Systems Engineer. Part of a successful economic recovery is a reconfiguration and an adaptation of resources to new endeavors. Stop messing with things. Just stop. Let the market do what it wants to do. Sincerely, Dan Darden Longview, Texas.