Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks

Net Neutrality Day

Or how I'm about to lose my last bit of faith in Obama.

Back in 2007 or 2008 I saw a YouTube video of Obama talking about net neutrality (I don't think this is the exact same video but it's fairly close; the net neutrality part starts around 2:00).


I may not have even known what net neutrality was before I saw that video.

I wasn't going to vote for McCain even if the Democrats were running Joffrey Baratheon, but that was the moment when I was truly on board with Obama. That speech was the most substantive thing I think I had ever heard come out of a politician's mouth—certainly compared to the vague bullshit they typically spout. I sent the video to my friends, talked it up.

Net neutrality may not be as earth-shaking a problem as Middle Eastern wars, torture or economic collapse, but through Obama's presidency I remembered that speech and still felt that connection; he may have fucked up on closing Guantanamo, bailing out the banks, universal healthcare and a bunch of other things but we still have net neutrality.

I feel like this is one of those issues where the government will show what it really is, what it's really about and who it's really for. There isn't even any pretense of national security here as in the NSA debacle, this is just greed and the legalization of corruption.


So if you're of a mind, find a petition to sign, a representative to call or email or a banner to put on your website and maybe we'll discover that we still live in a democracy after all.

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