Today the FCC voted to restrict internet access. How did we get here?

Everywhere we turn, ubiquitous advertisements reinforce the mentality that the internet is a product, not a tool; a product which reduces human interactions to mere public relations. As a result, the average person has accepted this conceit as a fact of a technology-driven world, and therefore a modern life. But what if that is not the only option, and not the only truth?

When you're speaking about speech—or rather, when you're talking about communication—you're simply referring to the tools & mechanisms used to transfer ideas & information from one place to another. In the case of human communication, large numbers of people have contributed to the creation of what is typically held to be the apex of idea transfer technology: the internet.


But again—what if the web is not the acme we believe it to be? Or, for the purposes of this series of articles, can we simply ask if the methodology being employed to implement & utilize the internet is, to coin a techie buzzword, suboptimal?

In this series, we'll take a gander at a bit of the history of the largest internet "providers", the current state of affairs & the controversies therein, and the future that may be lying in wait for all of us.


If there is something wrong with the existing internet systems, who bears most of the responsibility? Governmental policies, collusion & corruption? Corporations' endless quests for the largest possible accumulation of wealth? Or is the average internet user fulfilling their assumed role of "consumer" to an unsustainable degree?

We'll attempt to follow a trail of breadcrumbs from communication to coercion to consumption. In doing so, perhaps we can reveal some real and tease out some truth.


Episode Ø: Full Body Scan

Episode I: Ring My Bell

Episode II: Growing Pains