…. Net Neutrality Edition.
#1) Establish bad guy/gal. Government, Obama or even ObamaCare?
Note: The nice other effect these types of narratives have is many of us not fooled by this make the next leap of faith that both sides are playing this game and there is no right or wrong. Wrong.
Conservatives and Tea Party aficionados. Please pay close attention to this (see voices you may trust below). Your Republican leaders do this all the time to you. They are not interested in you or “freedom”as much as they are interested in the “freedom” to be able to create a business model where some people get lots of money at the expense of actual freedom.
Despite Obama’s efforts, it’s not likely that net neutrality will remain as we know it today. Little by little the cable companies and, let’s face it, our corporate-owned news media will have their way, and another tiny bit of regular-not-capital-optimized-life will go the way of the Dodo. As someone who was conscious before the Reagan Revolution, I do remember a time when much of our society wasn’t capital-optimized. It also happened to be the last time we had a decent amount of wealth equity in our nation.
Issues such as wealth equality and net neutrality are related and they are all related to the struggle we go through every 2 years to decide which of the two visions of these type of issues shall govern. Unfortunately, as the midterms so clearly demonstrated, the Right has the reigns on our narrative, and its on us all to find ways to win the narrative and the voters back.
Resources for Conservatives on Net Neutrality:
What Net Neutrality is really about.
In my opinion it’s about creating a business model for the internet that looks like the business model that changed sports stadiums, sky boxes. A new and lucrative steam of revenue needs to be created to grow our largest media empires as the internet as it stands today is a direct challenge to current media business models.
Here is a better expanation from the NYT. The internet is akin to a utility.