Sunday, May 21, 2006

Chartreuse on "net neutrality"

Chartreuse mentions

[in "Is It Too Late To Dumb Down The Good Guys...?"]

how the term "net neutrality" is an unfortunate coinage for what amounts to advocating a Net Equality, a level communication field, non-hierarchy.

I don't quite know how to say it either. But Chartreuse is right. This important issue needs a better name, plus a good slogan, logo, and music video.

Music videos get the message out in a palatable manner. Make your message hip enough, in a genuine street savvy understanding of what's really cool, with pure unvarnished intent, and the rabbit will pop out of the magic hat or head.

What is meant is this: we want all players in the web to be equal, not privileged by entering a paid category for faster data transmission speeds and higher service priority.

I've been involved in this fight for net neutrality/equality for some months now, with the "Hands Off My Internet" Common Cause button in the advertising sector of my sidebar.

Chartreuse said, in the last half of his post:


If you are a normal person who doesn't own a blog and only use the net to email your mom and look at porn what site looks like it's speaking for you?


And who came up with the phrase 'net neutrality'?

It's horrible.

What the fuck does it mean?

Why didn't all us smart folks come up with something simple and grassroots like, say, hands off!

You know why? Because most of us live in a bubble.

We try to talk to everyone else like we talk to each other.

Dude, that ain't gonna work.

The only way you can influence the hearts and minds of people is to explain your side in a way the people you are trying to influence will understand.

In a world where people are bombarded with advertisments and issues it might help to make your shit simple.

If we lose this it will be because we were too smart for our own fucking good.

Here's a tip for next time there's a big issue you need folks to rally behind.

It's always about families.


John Reuben (2004) "Do Not"

Cabaret Voltaire (1982) "Crackdown"

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