Fuck Net "Neutrality"
OK, pardon the profanity. I had been following the Net “Neutrality” argument from a perplexed distance for some time (as I’ve chronicled about before) but this month’s Scientific American editorial on the subject and its disgusting rhetoric is just too damn much. Perverting George Orwell’s masterpiece on the dangers of imposing equality, Animal Farm WP, so as to defend that very same imposition is off-limits, it’s too low, it’s too devious. It’s repulsive. Yuck.
There are several more gems sprinkled throughout. Here’s another one:
A system for prioritizing data traffic might well be necessary someday, yet one might hope that it would be based on the needs of the transmissions rather than the deal making and caprices of the cable owners.
Scientific American Editors, Keep the Net Neutral
Of course, forget the silly “caprices” and blind moneylust of the pesky owners of the cable themselves. Who could know better about the cable business and its needs than casual passersby like ourselves?
To respond in kind, I propose a different appropriation of George Orwell, this one from his other anti-totalitarianism classic, 1984 WP:
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
NET INTERVENTION IS NET NEUTRALITY
One good thing came out of that editorial though, I found out about Hands Off The Internet, a sane organization against government intervention on the net. Pay them a visit.