“A hunk of rock from our solar system’s creation just collided with the atmosphere over Boulder. It burst into a thousand grains of glowing sand, flying down to Utah, or to California, or maybe into a cloud to be rain. This rock is now part of our planet, it joined us and brought new potential. Some people call it a shooting star, I call it our very origin.”—Me, having a Sagan moment
This week, the free and open Internet millions of Americans have come to depend on is under attack.
In a procedural move, Senate Republicans are trying to overturn the rules that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put in place late last year to help protect net neutrality — the simple idea that all content and applications on the Internet should be treated the same, regardless of who owns the content or the website. The House already pushed through this dangerous legislation, which would effectively turn control of the Internet over to a handful of very powerful corporations.
I sincerely hope the Senate doesn’t follow suit, and I’m doing everything I can to make sure this terrible legislation never reaches the President’s desk.
While millions of Americans have become familiar with the concept of net neutrality, it’s important that we’re all on the same page. Net neutrality isn’t a government takeover of the Internet, as many of my Republican colleagues have alleged. It isn’t even a change from what we have now. Net neutrality has been in place since the very beginning of the Internet.
Here are the percentages of respondents [to a Unisys survey] who reported work-related e-mail, posting or Tweeting during the following activities: In bed: 29% While on vacation: 49% While talking on the phone: 40% When riding in a car: 47% When driving a car: nearly 20% While at a place of worship: 5%
I went to go see ‘In Time’ with my partner recently. It was a nice little day date. We snuck Halloween candy in and arrived late so we didn’t have to sit in 20 minutes of commercials before the previews. Critiquing a lame romantic comedy trailer is a specialty of mine. There was one which I said “Fuck no” at the same moment Paige said, “You are going to that with me.” I won’t see that movie, whatever it was—however I will see the next funny ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ circa 2011 movie starring Jonah Hill.
I remembered this next bit more than the movie that followed. You know the fanfare. "BUH! Dah dah daaah! Bup bup bup bup, bah, Buh Dah dah daahhh!" It is on every 20th Century Fox movie. This was unremarkable to me, except for one thing I had noticed but not thought about before. Below the monolithic logo of the studio there is a small bit of text that appears just before you see the movie. It reads: “A News Corporation Company”
Fuck… I paid for these tickets. I gave 16 dollars to the theater who has to give at least 6 or 7 dollars a ticket directly to the studio and producers, in this case, News Corp. They own Fox, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, etc etc. What I realized is that I was breaking a new guideline of mine, ‘Buy local, limit what is spent to major corporations.’
And not just any major corp, one of my most hated corporations! Fake News Channel, fair and balanced when it suits the agenda. I was paying for everything I hate. What’s worse? The movie SUCKED. Good concept, and it was very ‘Brave New World,’ but there was way too much running at each other to be saved from running out of ‘life.’
All of Hollywood’s major studios are owned by some multinational corporation. If you go to a movie, you could be financing oil platforms, campaign contributions, and much much more. Decide where your dollars go!