Update on Net Neutrality
Shocking News: Google lied and they are creating a pack with Verizon to create two tiered or multi tiered internet service as described below. This would recreate the world of haves and have nots that emulates the cable and radio industries when some media get the band with (the megacorps) and other will not (you and yours).
Send a note to the FCC and tell them to block this deal.
Net neutrality means that all internet (sic) information comes to your computer at the same speed. This means that all information is treated equally by the technology. The differences in the loading are about the speed of each computer and the amount of information in the download. Videos and images of course load slower than text.
Some companies want to sell preferred speeds to providers that can pay. That means the smaller providers and individuals would move slower in the WWW and thus has less of a presence. We already have that on the radio with higher watt stations having more reach and television with cable carrier picking what to carry and excluding others. Thus, our public access channels are either not carried on local cable or relegated to channel 99.
The internet (sic) is the only mass media that is even remotely democratic. Please protect it.
News on Net Neutrality and where to lodge concerns.
Save Net Neutrality!
Save the Internet
Google Denies and End to Net Neutrality
If Google makes the broadband deal, use another search engine. There are dozens of good ones.
Please call your representative (202-224-3121) and let your voice be heard on this issue.
Here’s is my message to Representative Gabrielle Giffords:
Honorable Representative Giffords:
We must keep the internet democratic and for all to use. An open internet means more messges and more views reaching more people. That is what democracy is all about. Please protect net neutrality and the free press.
Don’t Mess with Tex… Shelters–a muse about MySpace censorship
Tex Shelters is no longer blogging, posting articles, or using MySpace except to say goodbye to some old friends and checking out new bands. Here’s why.
I didn’t mind the fact that the right wing on MySpace was mostly a bunch of knuckleheads with Archie Bunker logic. http://www.archiebunkerquotes.com/4.html I didn’t mind that people would come on my blog and tell me I had a zero I.Q., or that I was in fact a self hating white liberal. I had dealt with all that and generally the right either ignored me, fired off a volley at me periodically, or came and debated with me. It was all good, really. We had a sort of detent, with me of course being the Soviet Socialist Republic in their struggle to defend America.
But MySpace was shrinking and had developed a reputation for being a place for adolescents. That image is in many ways false; there are many intelligent clear thinking adults of many stripes on MySpace, or at least there were when I started posting articles there about two and a half years ago.
I posted some very funny and good posts that will appear now and again in updated form here.
Their reputation, while being exaggerated, was becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. I was never going to get some people to read my blogs on MySpace, nor was I going to get an audience, while lovely and loyal, much bigger than I already had on MySpace. To put it in business terms, there was no growth potential.
So I started looking around for options. I was going to keep posting on MySpace from time to time, for I like many of the writers and readers there. Then MySpace started blocking my blogs. They also made it impossible to post longer comments, or comments with video posts (even videos of your own creation) or images. And I couldn’t reply to comments on my blogs anymore or even get notifications that I had comments. I couldn’t even register a complaint about the service on MySpace. Their comments area kept telling me that I hadn’t filled out all the lines to post a complaint. That was it for me.
Was I targeted? I don’t know, and I don’t care. I was unable to blog at MySpace or comment on other blogs, and that was the end of it for me. I might go to listen to new bands there once in a while, but there is no other reason to stay on after saying goodbye to everyone there.
Take Action Against MySpace Censorship:
MySpace Censors Content Petition
Article about the Censorship
Not that I give a damn anymore, but I do care about those still blogging on MySpace, so:
More Censorship News
MySpace banning anti-war blogs and sites like the post by Tex Shelters about NOT bombing Iran
More News of Censorship
* its refusal to run a Common Cause ad about a political issue, urging people to send letters to the FCC to oppose media consolidation, as Rupert Murdoch was pictured as the symbol of big media
* its deletion of the most popular Murdoch parody profile (shown below)
* its deletion of several items and profiles with homosexual-related content including the profile for the band Kids On TV
Ask a Ninja about MySpace Censorship
Get out of MySpace, bloggers rage at Murdoch
Angry members of MySpace, the personal file-sharing website for young adults, are accusing Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation of censoring their postings and blocking their access to rival sites.
Censorship on Digg.com
The popular networking site Digg.com has been buried by conservative bloggers who can’t stand alternative points of view.
You get to vote on posts at Digg.com, and conservatives have created packs of “readers” to vote down liberal blogs. They do this because they are too stupid to actually create reasonable counter arguments or write well-sourced pieces, so they resort to bullying tactics to get liberal posts effectively banned from Digg. To read more about this, read the article from Alternet.com
And to vote for Tex Shelters, go to Digg.com
There are thousands of other examples of MySpace censorship if you look for them.
Look, it’s free enterprise, but I prize freedom to enter what I want. So I won’t blog on MySpace, probably forever more.