A while back, I wrote a note on how a government can gain control of the Internet (by criminalizing the hyperlink). Here’s another way: By making new rules that discriminate against blogs, vs. other sources of news. That’ exactly what the Canadian province of Quebec proposes, according to Franklin Carter at the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee:
In Quebec, Culture Minister Christine St-Pierre is proposing to create “a new model of regulation of Quebec media.” Public consultations will be held across Quebec this fall.
She wishes to distinguish in law between “professional journalists” who are committed to “serving the public interest” and “amateur bloggers.” State-recognized professional journalists would enjoy unspecified “advantages or privileges” over other writers and reporters.
She has the support, of course, of the legacy media journalists who have enjoyed an incestuous relationship with government for years.
I mean those cozy boozefests with Top People where everyone knows there are Stories You Don’t Write, because those top people might not benefit. In the meantime, they’ll give you lots of face time for some pap like the “Celebrate Diversity in the Workplace” program.
What’s happening is obvious: Bloggers break up media rackets big time. Media rackets? Sure.
I’ve been to some of them and never went back. The food is great, but the price – silence – is too high. More.
Reality check: The Big Sisters’ll all be back. News gathering is way too important a job to be left to news media.
See also: Major media are not written or broadcast for the audience anymore