to repost comments, but Mark is so right on on this one:
Wet Bank Guy said....
First: The dominant media are dead as a Fourth Estate.
Next: The viability of the new media as a viable Fourth Estate requires net neutrality on the architectural (my ISP talks to your ISP regardless of content) as well as in consideration of the impact of platform ownership (who owns Google, Yahoo, etc.) where that could result in censorship.
Nothing short of insurrection is going to rescue the old media. They are gelded bulls, and no magic is going to put them back to what they were before.
The question is: how do we move forward to 1) protect the advances in the new media and 2) grow new media that have the same widespread impact as CNN or FoxNEWS (I refuse to seperate Fox and the other part of that into two words. New and FoxNEWS are two seperate things. FoxNEWS is the new benchmark for ideological infotainment that everyone is racing to get to in the old media.
I have always believed that the 4th Estate and the 1st amendment is the absolute cornerstone of this democracy. If it is compromised, we will fall. The ability to stand up and tell the truth is what allows this country to correct it's mistakes....and we have made a lot of mistakes. Without that ability, we will most certainly fall.
I wholeheartedly agree with Mark that we, bloggers, and internet media have picked up the torch and carry the real burden of speaking truth. I would not go so far as to render all "Old Media" resources redundant...but on the whole, they have become a farce.
While I think net neutrality is certainly going to define the longevity of internet media, I don't believe it will define the future of the 4th estate. My reasoning for this is that I have never ceased to be amazed at this country's ability to reinvent itself and for truth to find the public light. We go through dark periods, i.e. Civil War, Depression, Vietnam, but somehow the 4th Estate has always found a way to break the bonds of oppression and guide us back to the right track.
Granted, I think we are in the most perilous position we've been in since the fragile moments after the birth of this country, but I'm always amazed at the men who wrote our Constitution and just how wise they were. If we stick to the values set forth by those brilliant minds and stick to the guideposts they created for us, we will prevail. The system they set up is self-correcting...it allows this social experiment we call America to reinvent itself at any moment. I believe in the first amendment more than I believe in any tenet or philosophy ever devised by man.
A quote from Thomas Jefferson:
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
And then this one:
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
Interesting huh? What Jefferson probably couldn't imagine at the time was the merger of the corporations with the newspapers (press) forming an unholy union...a union which can be easily manipulated by government and vica versa. I think that's called fascism (but I don't want to start an argument on the semantics of that word...been down that rabbit hole too many times...so don't start one...unless we're drinking together then I'll go there).
Regardless of what it's called, that's what the 4th Estate has become. Jefferson sensed the potential danger, but he couldn't imagine that the press could be corrupted as well. I bet Franklin imagined it, but he was a manipulative fucker by nature.
Even though we've never witnessed an assault on the Constitution like we have in the past 8 years....while the MSM has sat silently on their hands.....I still have faith in the 4th Estate. I was being sarcastic (imagine that) on my post about Moyers. I really do have faith in the 4th Estate...if I didn't, I'd leave the country. Wait a minute....I did leave the country.