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NET NEUTRALITY
Category: Politics
Wednesday, July 5th, 2006 @ 02:23 pm
Posted By Brent

If you haven't been paying attention to the Internets in the media as of late, some vague and autonomous Senate committee, that cares about as much for your rights as I care about pocket lint, failed to squeeze in a net neutrality amendment into a telecommunications bill.

For the uninitiated, Net Neutrality is pretty much a blanket name for the idea that the internet should be a place where people's ability to get to your site, and your ability to get to other sites, shouldn't be hindered by sweetheart deals between ISPs and individual sites. For example, AT&T receives money from yahoo.com, and in return AT&T restricts all Internet traffic going over their lines to allow yahoo.com to be the only search engine people can access (For a better description, the ninja from AskANinja.com does a much better job than I: linky-poo).

Now, I've been on the fence about net neutrality for a while now. Sure, it's government mixing with business, which always causes problems, but such is the case with all utilities (and if you don't agree that the Internet has become a utility then you're not using it right). Will the government fuck things up? Of course, that's what they do best, but it's the lesser of two evils as far as I can tell.

Anyway, this d-bag of a Senator who voted against the amendment went on to explain how the Internet works and why this amendment would be bad:

"I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially."
Um, yeah. Read the entire brilliant diatribe here.

Anyway, I took one of his more eloquent comparisons and made that image you see up there. Maybe one day it will grace T-Shirts and the like but for now it's just a funny picture on the Internets. You can see a larger version here and the original vector based SVG here.

But you should seriously read his little spiel, it's priceless. You should also seriously watch every episode of Ask A Ninja for I believe it to be the next evolutionary step in funny.




Comments

NAME: brent
Friday, July 14th, 2006 @ 01:06 pm
Sorry, I only have one internet and it's a personal internet, so I can't really send it to you, or I'd be out one internet. My only, personal internet.



NAME: XenuSux
Thursday, July 13th, 2006 @ 04:24 pm
Can someone please send me an internet so I can read the internets? Do I need to have an internet to read the internets...assuming that the internets are ever able to get to me...if I and when I do get an internet.


NAME: scott
Thursday, July 6th, 2006 @ 10:48 pm
Are you crazy? I only have one internet! If I'm going to lose my internet for like a week just so that he can't understand it when he receives it, that would leave me without an internet for no good reason.


NAME:
Thursday, July 6th, 2006 @ 06:52 pm
Maybe you should send him an internet and explain it to him.


NAME: scott
Thursday, July 6th, 2006 @ 12:16 pm
Actually, now that I'm reading the article, I can't decide if he's cute or scary. With all the talk about his internet and our internets and all it sounds like he never could have understood the idea of net neutrality. I'm guessing he feels like this bill would have been taking away everyone's internets.


NAME: scott
Thursday, July 6th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm
You sound pretty unhappy with his voting, but I don't think you're understanding where he's coming from. Believe me, I deal with people like him all day.

He had an internet sent to him by one of his staffers. Yes, one of the president's own internets. It took a whole day or so for him to get it because commercial things were happening on the internets.

I mean, on the internet he was being sent.

Things were going on his internet... for profit.

I think his internet is a landfill.


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