The great misunderstanding of net neutrality and the effects of our political climate.
NOTE: This was meant to be posted in late may, before a lot happened. Still feel that is is relevant to other issues.
We can’t allow something as important as net neutrality to be subject to political prowess. We now are in a situation where both parties use the buzzword to push whatever message they feel inclined to push; be it banning fake news on the left or supporting privacy on the right. When technology is in jeopardy it should not be subject to the hands and motives of politicians.
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. — Carl Sagan
Technology is for the people and should be decided aligned towards the interest of people and innovation. Our current political climate has allowed politicians, reporters, activist to divide our country on an issue so universal as net neutrality.
What even is net neutrality again?
This as a great video that covers most of the complexities.
There is no free expression when you have to pay extra to stand on the soap box. — Thor Benson
Some more notes to add. Net neutrality is a fix to the natural duopoly and monopoly that is internet service providers. Net neutrality wouldn’t be necessary if there was strong competition among internet service providers.
From the far left to the far right net neutrality is twisted and morphed on their specific side to most effectively target their constituents and viewers.
Back in 2014, Alex Jones and many other republicans had fear over the results of their hypothesis of Net Neutrality, but to their happy surprise nothing changed for the bad. It’s easy to push the fear narrative until it renders false. InfoWars doesn’t think to re-evaluate the physical effects of net neutrality toward their site over the years. In the past at least InfoWars followed their libertarian ideas, in a piece published in 2010, called 10 Signs the U.S. is Becoming a Third World Country, they wrote:
The end of net neutrality creates a pay-to-play system that can lead to further corporate and government control of information and opinion.
This post is not meant to critique of the hypocrisy of InfoWars , but to question the way we get information and form our opinions. This drastic switch represents the way our own principles and logic is often thrown out of the door in favor of partisan politics. Just as InfoWars switched to anti-net neutrality, others look at their party and media to take an opinion.
At a protest against the repealing of net neutrality. “Protesters” who presented themselves as supporters of net neutrality held signs contradicting there supposed mission. Net neutrality is a unifying issue. When people stop relying on fact and discovery, is when we lose.
In an age with such an availability of information you can chose the easy route and taking the manufactured information placed in your hands or pursue the non-partisan truth. Don’t snapshot social media headlines designed by your specific interests determine the way you think; go beyond your own bubble and question what you see. The content of issues subjected to political games is often lost in favor of partisenship.
We have a massive misunderstanding and/or spread of miss information on Net Neutrality and both political sides are actively choosing to isolate the spectrum rather than educate. The result of the repeal of net neutrality encapsulates the dangerous journey we have taken down the road of partisan politics. We must not support or detest issues based on the status quo of our inner circles, but take the longer and tougher path of self discovery. The economic Rational Choice Theory, should guide you through encountering and understanding political opinions. In that, you have to see the other perspective and circumstances that would lead to their rational stance.
What can you do?
Go to netneut.info and research net neutrality more. Form your own opinion and try to understand the logic of the other side.