2 May 2006
Firedoglake has an interesting post on net-neutrality: an attempt to prevent cable and telephone companies that provide Internet services from creating a two-tiered internet, in which website creators that pay them large fees get priority over everyone else. I certainly sympathize with Firedoglake's motivation. The entire charm of the internet is that it represents our one fresh breath of anarchic freedom in a world controlled by Mammon. I agree that we should resist the corrupting influence of corporate propaganda and greed with every byte of energy at our disposal. I am, however, somewhat skeptical of the possibility of passing a law with teeth enough to prevent this. Don't Google and Yahoo already rank pages based on money paid? Barring an overthrow of the entire capitalist system, is there anyway to stop this? It seems to me that the best antidote is to create grassroot networks that aren't based on the corporate profit-motive. Blog alliances are a good example of this. For this reason, I'd discourage my fellow bloggers from putting ads up on their sites. At some point, we have to be motivated by something other than profit and greed. There's more to blogging (and more to life) than making an extra buck.
Posted by Karlo at 12:21 pm