Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Occupy your Internet before the corporations do


We the people have assumed that because the Internet has been free and open to all for a long time that it will remain so forever. Think again. You who want to have the ability to reach everyone with your message, your product, your whatever via the Internet will soon be limited if you don’t make your voice heard soon.

Here’s an encapsulation of what you need to know:

Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know | Save the Internet Next week [this week] the Senate is expected to vote on a measure that could kill the Internet as we know it. The political process surrounding this “resolution of disapproval” — which will have a negative impact on small business owners, entrepreneurs, students, activists and everyone else who depends on the open Internet — is opaque and complicated. In October we held an hour-long Q&A session on Twitter to field questions about the upcoming resolution, which would strip the FCC of its ability to protect the open Internet. (Click here to see whether your senator supports or opposes this dangerous measure.) We decided to break down exactly what this fight is all about, and why it’s essential that the FCC have clear authority to enforce Net Neutrality rules. (November 3, 2011) Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know | Free Press

Corporations have so eaten up the other mass communication venues in the past—telegraph, TV, radio, and cable—that we tend to forget that they began as free and open to the public to speak to the public just like in a real Democracy. Now, the Internet is going to be carved up so that major corporations charge fees for what used to be free and limit what you can post and receive. Here’s the info on the Internet/Corporation link:

Net Neutrality and Occupy Wall Street – Making A Connection The U.S. Senate may vote this week on overturning Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules aimed at guaranteeing an open Internet, whereby corporations were forbidden to give some people better access to the Web than others. And the fate of the so-called "net neutrality" rules could affect future protests like Occupy Wall Street. At Occupy Chicago, communications volunteers count more than 33,000 Facebook "likes," 20,000 Twitter followers, and several thousand website hits every day. (November 8, 2011) Public News Service

Why fear the corporate domination of the Internet? Many might think that a corporate dominated Internet will be better. There will be more slick ads ad a better quality programming—just like in present day radio. This is nonsense. Slick corporate media means the corporate media, some backed by the fossil fuel industry, is not going adequately report on fossil fuel news and Climate Change. Even though we were 10,000 strong protesting around the White House on Sunday, there was very little corporate media coverage of the event:

Largest demonstration to stop Climate Change ever Those of us who stood in Lafayette Square yesterday in Washington, DC and then marched around the White House to implore that President Obama reject the Keystone XL Tar Sand Pipeline project validated the concerns of millions of Americans and Canadians on Climate Change. Over 12, 000 souls took time out of their lives to come together to demonstrate that the wholesale capitulation of the public to the fossil fuel industry over our environment and our future is over. This is not a jobs or the environment kind of issue; forgetaboutit: “Jobs vs. our Environment – Wrong characterization of Tar Sands Action”. Admittedly, this massive rally with a host of world environmental leaders and activists on stopping this project to tear up a portion of the boreal forests in Canada and threaten many ecologies via a pipeline that would divide our country up and end up at the Gulf for refinement—a thoroughly nasty business fraught with all the planetary exploitation and pollution possible—was fun. Yes, it was fun to join with thousands to demand we finally stand up for stewardship of our environment. (November 7, 2011) Environmental Thoughts

We are at a serious juncture in the history of our media and here’s what you need to do about it:

Free Press | Media reform through education, organizing and advocacy “The Fight for Better Media Begins Here | Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications. Please join us.”

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