Sunday, March 27, 2005

MSM and the Blogosphere

James D. Miller has a disturbing column in Tech Central titled "The Coming War on Blogs" Link.
It's a universal law of capitalism: when an industry faces a new and significant threat to its profits and powers it turns to the government for protection. Well, bloggers who write on current events are challenging the mainstream media (MSM), the most politically well-connected industry in America. Watch for the MSM to start using their political influence to burden bloggers.

He sees three areas of attack: Using campaign finance laws to restrict blogs in ways that the MSM are exempt from, using libel law to bankrupt the blogs in ways that the MSM are largely protected from, and using copyright law to prevent bloggers from quoting them. He predicts that the Democrats will be only too happy to carry the MSM's water on this issue, and he hopes, but is not supremely confident, that the Republicans will side with the bloggers.

It makes a lot of sense, but let's hope that he is wrong.


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