Foolish Endeavors

When Banning Something Spikes
Interest or Tramples on Freedom

One of the surest ways to spike people’s interest in something: try to ban it. Yet, despite spectacular historical failures (see Prohibition, the War on Drugs, etc) there’s always a new attempt at legislating on behavior or to eliminate competition through public policy.
Corporations are rarely hurt by such foolish endeavors, of course. They simply pay a token of their profits for the right of meeting a demand that’s essentially conditioned by people’s prerogative.
Rules are intrinsic to living in society. Yet there’s the majority’s rights, as in control over guns or food production, and what’s up to the individual, and there should be no confusion about the two.
The Internet seems to be but the latest battleground of those who feel threatened by the right of anyone else to express themselves, even if their rhetoric is divisive and intolerant and as long as it remains basically that: rhetoric.
What seems ever clearer is that, behind all the, well, rhetoric of controlling so-called hate speech online, there’s a bigger, much more sinister attempt by media corporations to own, control and profit from Continue reading

Born on Christmas

Another Event to
Top Birth of Jesus

It was 20 years ago this Christmas when the first communication was successfully established between a web browser and a server via the Internet. That became Page 1 for what’s now a mega-virtual 13.99 billion-page book as of yesterday. So Happy Birthday, World Wide Web.
Besides Krishna, Mithra, Horus, Budda, Quetzacoatl and even Hercules, all Christ-like figures whose birthdays are celebrated along with Christianity, you may now add the Internet, which is fastest becoming what The Beatles were for a brief moment, more popular than Jesus Christ.
As with all the above, the whole history of such momentous creation is yet to be completed. They all have fuzzy stories and paternity myths, and literature about it abound. Suffice to say Continue reading

Internet Inc.

FCC Vote May End
Internet Neutrality

JUST IN: In a close vote, the FCC approved the new rules that prevent, at least for now, control over Internet access by big corporations.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets today to decide whether to vote on a resolution allowing corporations to impose commercial restrictions on the use of the Internet, effectively putting at risk one of its main tenets, its level playing field.
In a threat to the democratic use by anyone of what was once called “the information highway,” critics of the plan say, the FCC may give in to pressures from providers that want to charge users for faster access.
Among those critics is Democrat Senator Al Franken, from Minnesota, (who’s since commented on yesterday’s FCC Continue reading