So as much debate as there was in this country about whether ISP’s should have to support development of new media initiatives, I think everyone on both sides of that debate can agree that at least we’re not tariffing ISP’s to support failing newspapers.
On the other hand a videogame tarrif to support the Phonograph cylinder industry? I’d be totally behind that.
Alternate end bon mot: Well that certainly gives new meaning to “clogging” progress!
[Update – No okay, I can’t leave this on a flippant note. Seriously there’s a quote from the report over at Slashdot:
news and the gathering of news stories is not free, and the public must be made aware of that.
This quite possibly one of the stupidest things I’ve heard this year. On the Internet. Think about that for a second.
Traditional newspapers (more importantly the journalists they employ) are an integral part of the media universe and serve several key functions. I suspect many pro-new-media types would be suprised at the amount of on-line reportage that still originates with ink-stained wretches, and how much poorer the Blogosphere would immediately become should they all cease to publish overnight (and not transition to some more monatizeble configuration, as many of us “newspaper fans” hope they will).
However, follow me on this radical thought, “Newspapers” are not THE ENTIRETY OF NEWS.
Seriously, a joke I play with my brother when I’m calling him at work is to demand to speak with “The CEO of the Economy”, or “The President of Television”, or the like. But that’s a far-flipping-cry from any quasi-official governmental body deciding that the welfare of an abstract concept is inextricably tied up with an inefficient delivery mechanism. ]