Hello dear reader(s)!
I am wondering right now if this will be one of my last posts. It isn’t because I have a nasty stomach issue (was told it was an ulcer, but everyone is having these symptoms in my house, so no, we think it’s a virus), or that I am simply spending more time away from this computer. Nope, the reason is because Net Neutrality is likely dead.
The repeal of the rules governing Net Neutrality isn’t a partisan issue. It was former President Barack Obama who appointed the fucking piece of shit punchable cuntface to the FCC who is hell-bent on giving a giant gift to the telecom industry from where he came. It was President Trump who then promoted that fucking douche-canoe to the Chair. Republicans and Democrats both take a fuckton of money from the telecom industry that is lobbying heavily to repeal the rules that allow the FCC to enforce the principle.
Despite assurances from ISP’s such as Comcast that they will not throttle or block specific content, there is ample reason to suspect that will happen. From previous instances of throttling and blocking by major ISP’s prior to the rules under Title II, to their omission of assurances that they will not break content into packages (similar to cable channels) to charge extra for certain content, there is a good reason for people to be very concerned.
Of course, the sky won’t fall after the vote on December 14. That would create an outrage. It would be a PR nightmare for Comcast, Verizon, etc… The CEO’s of these companies are smart enough to protect their bottom line. No, what you will see is a gradual erosion of what we have, just as has been done with our say in our republic. It will be so gradual, that they are betting we will all accept it, just as we have accepted police not being held accountable, voter suppression, a Congress that ignores everyone but its richest donors, a narcissistic President who is a Russian puppet, attacks on the LGBT community, attacks on religious minorities, attacks on racial minorities, attacks on labor, attacks on the poor, attacks on the disabled, attacks on human decency, legislation of, by, and for the corporations, attacks on the free press, attacks on the very pillars of democracy within this republic, etc, etc…
I recently watched a movie that took place in Berlin just before the wall came down. It brought back a lot of memories of that time, and all the people who basically fought in secret every single day for decades against a totalitarian regime. All before the internet. Thousands of people took to the streets in civil unrest for weeks before the government announced on November 9, 1989 that all East Germans could visit the west. The wall had fallen. The people took to the streets and made it happen in defiance of the Stasi, all without a free press, let alone Facebook invites to the protests.
When the “Justice” Department demands information on anyone who liked a Facebook page that promoted a protest of Fuhrer Trump’s inauguration in an attempt to charge them with crimes, the government labels dissenters as “terrorists” then tracks their internet communications, and likely has the ability to see anything you do at any time on the web, perhaps it isn’t the best tool to use for resisting anyway.
In fact, maybe, just maybe, if people got off the fucking internet, they might actually be aware of what is happening. Maybe if those aware of the issues had no internet, perhaps they would be motivated to do something meaningful instead of thinking they are making a difference by commenting their opinion online. (He says via his online blog-type-thing.)
Look, I am aware that I am not walking the walk. I am not exactly some combat ready leader about to overthrow our corporatocracy. I type this shit while sick, on a couch, online.
I may not be the person for the job, but somebody needs to defend our rights. Our military sure as hell doesn’t, they’re too busy in endless wars-for-profit in service of Exxon-Mobile and Goldman-Sachs. Patriotism is reduced to flag waving and slavery-endorsing anthem singing. Nobody is actually fighting for freedom anymore. Maybe the loss of the free flow of information on the internet will what people finally feel strongly enough about that they decide to fight for it. Maybe having to pay for porn and memes will finally be the spark this tinder box needs. Who knows? One can only hope.
We can try all we want to stop the repeal of Net Neutrality, but I think it is only a matter of time. Instead of paying the ISP’s extra fees and wondering why that politically controversial video keeps buffering, we can unplug and participate in the revolution, or at the very least, we can unplug and spend more time with our loved ones before the end.