Tag Archives: Net Neutrality

Don’t Forget Net Neutrality!

Yesterday was a day organized as a big push for those who support Net Neutrality, with the Day of Action. Net Neutrality is a big issue we pay attention to, so it seemed important to note that supporting Net Neutrality doesn’t end after the Day of Action!

For more on Net Neutrality, Philip DeFranco did a nice job covering it (warning: language):

I’ll just copy-paste the links from his show notes if you’re looking for more:

Net Neutrality:
https://www.battleforthenet.com/
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/0…
https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/2/155…
http://mashable.com/2017/07/12/net-ne…
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40…
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/te…
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/proce…))

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Net Neutrality Survey on AllSides

One of my favorite sites that I’ve discovered in recent months since we’ve all become more aware of media, bias, echo chambers, and the like, is AllSides.com. Around before the election last year, it seems to have only grown in notoriety since.

It’s interesting to check out their sample stories, with a headline from the Center, the Left, and the Right; sometimes, the headlines are quite similar and feel mostly factual, and sometimes, the headlines are wildly divergent. You can see the pointed and polarized language much more starkly in these moments. It also feels like their sorting of the different news outlets is pretty close to accurate, as you compare the leaning-left and -right sorts of headlines to the ones further to the extremes, or the ones to the center.

AllSides has apparently been running a survey on Net Neutrality, with introductory arguments on both sides from John Oliver and Reason. They’ve presented their data so far, but the survey is still open (which isn’t very scientific, but that’s fine). They also showed their respondent bias, which is more heavily to the left.

I wonder if the lower level of respondents from the right has to do with them not caring as much about the issue, or whether more people on the right tend to go straight to their preferred news sources than to somewhere like AllSides? That’s all just speculation, and besides the point.

The point is, results were pretty strongly in favor of Net Neutrality, because it’s something people tend to be behind: at a fundamental level, it seems like we’ve reached a point where the Internet is a utility.

But don’t take my word for it… check out the results, and take the survey yourself! And if you haven’t checked out AllSides before, definitely give them a look.

Just When You Think We’re Done With It… Net Neutrality Is Back

Net Neutrality is a big deal to Holly and I, Internet people that we are. I think that it’s like that you, dear readers, are in a similar boat. If so, you’ve probably seen that John Oliver did a new segment on the topic… but if you’re new to the topic, well, here’s a few posts we wrote about it before:

Yes, it was John Oliver’s first take on Net Neutrality that made us into solid watchers of his show: we’ve not missed an episode since (and watched the ones before… this was the 5th episode I want to say!).

And it’s back. Sadly, no dingos this time.

There’s a call to action at the end, and the news I’m seeing is that, of course, this seems to have wrecked the FCC website again. gofccyourself.com

I’m not sure that I have much more to add to the discussion right now… except I guess on the personal side. If you’ve been reading here a while, you know we made a switch in our ISP – because we actually have choice where we live (and it’s not between any of the big carriers, so, yay Alaska?). I appreciate that we are living in the exception, and not the rule, when it comes to Internet access in America. So just because this doesn’t immediately affect us doesn’t mean we don’t care a lot about it. Hopefully you care too!

Editorial – We Desperately Need Comics

A while back I wrote an article discussing the opinions of critics of comics, superhero stories, and the like. This was prompted in particular by comments from the director of Birdman, Alejandro Inarritu, a director who has now won best director for a film which has now won best picture at the Oscars. So he’s earned some level of us paying attention to him.

So when my original source, We Minored in Film, wrote another piece regarding film industry comments against comic book and superhero films, it got me thinking again. Well, combined with other things I have been thinking about. Other things happening in the world.

In short, my question is, what should we be turning our attention to instead, if not the superhero movies, if not to comics and, because there are more critics out there, how about all of speculative fiction? We need to be paying attention to and worrying about the real world, right? Alright. Let’s do that.

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Recent Find: The PBS Idea Channel

I know, I just recommended a new YouTube show on Monday, but I am having trouble getting past the outlining phase on anything else. Maybe because what I’d really like to be doing right now is watching the PBS Idea Channel.

I think that we found this one just on the YouTube home page, as a currently popular channel – I think the video on Frozen. What we found was a clever channel asking clever questions. Cleverly. For instance, on spoilers.

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