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Mr. Murdoch (and the Rest of News Corp.) Go to Washington

rupert-murdochAnother day, another “future of journalism” panel. Actually, this one, hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, is a two-day event, and the title pretty much lets you know where it’s going here: “From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?”

Most of the usual suspects will be there: Google (GOOG), for instance, is sending Josh Cohen of Google News. Arianna Huffington is sending herself. And most of News Corp. (NWS), which owns this site, will show up as well: CEO Rupert Murdoch, digital boss Jon Miller and Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Robert Thomson are weighing in.

For what it’s worth, I talked to some of the FTC folks in September, when they were assembling the panel. They seemed like nice folks.

The full agenda is here (PDF), and you should be able to stream the event, beginning at 9 am Eastern time, here.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work