People are freaking out in the US now about the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) allowing corporate communications giants, Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T, even more control over the Internet. If nothing stands in their way, soon a bill will pass through US Congress that will allow these oligopolistic internet providers to effectively censor the web, it is lamented. They will be able to increase access and ease of use of those who can afford to pay extra for their websites to be frequented, and slow down transfers on the smaller sites or even them keep invisible. Supposedly, net neutrality is at stake.
And I ask, What net neutrality? The Internet is not neutral and is already controlled by big business, with its purported democratic nature stretched to the limits with money and stupidity, with those who already have the numbers or nice tits are getting more numbers and the rest are getting fuck all. Where is the freedom that online activity supposedly carries when billions of people land on the same few websites most of the time?
The Internet (thanks for visiting this website, by the way — it is owned by a corporation called WordPress, which is owned by a larger corporation, with that corporation being owned by an even larger corporation). OK, to start the sentence again, the Internet sucks. I wonder how many people in the US, when they heard about what the FCC wants to do, freaked out about what was going to happen to their access to porn. “But is porn safe? Are they going to leave porn on the table?” must have resounded uniformly throughout the American nation. I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t there.
The Internet sucks and is a major distraction from the real global shit the world is mired in today — shit that requires radical changes, no doubt, to reduce the staggering and still exponentially growing levels of human alienation from the rest of nature, you know, from that real world you want to forget the more, the more it is strangled by the un/intended consequences of modern progress. If the Internet sucked even more, maybe more people would step away from fucking screens sometimes. This would be — you guessed it — a good thing. I would love to see the confused masses offline. Makes me smile to imagine it.
As for what the FCC is doing, it should come as no surprise. As with all things that stem from capitalism and that people like — even if they’re shit — the system builds them up in search for profit and in the same search of profit it soon afterwards fucks them up and tears them down.
Does that mean that I suport the FCC? My answer is Fuck the FCC and fuck Ajit Pai, the ex-Verizon corporate crony that now leads it. No, I do not support the FCC.
But I will not support your fictions, either.