From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-05209

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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
From reading your concern, the problem's solution seems to be quite straight forward. Where an news provider presents and article from a provider (like AP), then that provider can require that the present one advertizement prominently on that web page. An advertizement that they have made arrangements for so they can get their financial support. [Of course, some of the advertizement charge should go to the presenter, perhaps according to how often they are responded to, at least.] The agreement should also allow their readers and the staff to respond to the advertizement's relavance to them, and with a benefit (ideally financial) to the site presenting it. Where a comment, of the likes, allows the site to effectively reiterate parts of a provider information. They should then provide a link to information's 'source site' of (all the) provider(s) they used. Those source sites, of course, will have the advertizements the providers agreed to show. That way the advertiser's funds are more effective used for providing news. As for any notions of censoring sites [whereever that may be relevant to dealing with communications on the web (perhaps more an FCC matter)]; then I'd suggest that it should be generally limited by any government entity to 'pensor'ing. By that I mean, the presentaion of a comment page preceding the display of the web page of concern that describes the concern. Such as, "The following site / page presents the advocation of the initialization of violance as a valid conflict resolution process. We believe that this is, in general, an incoherent position to hold." Or,"The folling site / page presents what has been determine [perhaps by an automated process] to be 'hate speech". Followed by, "If you believe that this is occured errantly, please respond with your comment to [Response web-site link]". The area of concern can then be highlighted (by the 'search engine). That will let the sight provider to address the matter as they see fit. Sending them an email warning them that such a matter has arisen may also be wise. Sincerely, Gregory D. MELLOTT