Archive for December 1st, 2009

About the News

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009


This morning, the Federal Trade Commission started hearings on the state of the news media industry. Their stated view is that the news is a public good and, if the public is not well served by the current regime, then it should be regulated to ensure that the public good is maximized.

These are fine sounding words for what is a thinly veiled attempt by newspapers and, to a lesser extent, broadcast media to re-assert the monopoly positions they have lost to the internet. The hearing this morning is being very well covered by Jeff Jarvis (Jeff’s feed is here, the hearing feed is here). UPDATED: Arianna Huffington’s speech is now here(more…)