where I see the world wide web going in most countries saddens me. it was only about 25 years ago when I got on the internet when I thought, “god this is awful boring” with the static HTML pages from a few government agencies. when I plugged a video camera in and found myself talking to researchers from all over the world, that was the moment I thought, “wow, this is so cool….the entire planet can talk to itself now!”
that was then. on Monday or Tuesday the FCC and the powers that be inside the USA will vote on net neutrality, of which, it bothers me that people are too busy staring into their mobile devices looking for likes and posting selfies to see how the major player are all too happy to carve up the internet to be like much of the rest of the world.
there will be convenient ways to throttle data, show you more ways to get you to watch versus create stuff, and then create a world where one day soon – robots will spew forth whatever data is needed to take the idea of “new media”
I am grateful to see where and what the journey of the internet public through time, yet, I must confess, when I see what will be a vote for net neutrality, the FCC chairman, our elected officials – It seems that big money and special interests will do away with the idea of a place for all to come and share information, and go back to more of a feudal model and/or monopolistic model. the last major upgrades from the software companies, OS providers and such – simply are already in place for the moment the paid vote goes to do away with net neutrality in the USA and simply take a good idea and monetize it for a few and get a lot of folks to pay more for it.
it is also to realize that in the past 25 years, I went from a time of really not wanting to go to sleep because I was so fascinated with how the world could connect sans all the normal bureaucratic borders and rules. my mind is going back to when NASA tv was simply a full-time feed and I would sit in the lab at 3 am watching them unload a Soyez rocket supply ship, or the view from the ISS
today? I am ready to ditch the cell phone, social media is something I really didn’t think was a great idea, and the way the media is reporting today is more about ROI and profitability to a segment of the market than bringing unbiased news and views to the publics. I look at how the house the politicians are bought and sold and I simply see this vote as a formality of sorts where the backlash from the public will come when they realize a core element of the web was taken from them.
it is possible that folks are so caught up in their social media that they will think paying more for what should be a given in their lives is a good thing. “it must be better, we pay more!”
I must confess, it really was fascinating to watch this all come from what was about 500k users when I got online. now, you have a globe…and the world wide web is more a series of controls and gates depending on where you are on the planet.
what will the politicians do when in time they realize what a mistake they have made? will they even notice? or will they sit back and enjoy the fruits of hanging out with special interests looking after them.
there is a bit of a joke in a certain country about how the top can give a loaf of bread to the poor and the poor think, “wow, look at my elected officials, they are so good to me! I got a loaf of free bread!”
meanwhile, the actual resources of the country and its citizens are being skimmed off and shipped out, while a few in power reap all the rewards for allowing it to happen.
maybe we should call the internet, the self-net, or the narciss-net because folks can pay more to post more images of themselves faster than someone on a different plan?
the photo is where my elementary school lunchroom exists today. think of it as a reminder of what happens if you don’t allow education and access to all, or throttle and limit the information to all.
the entire system will eventually rot. only because we allowed it to happen.