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Our Media Head: How much does it hold?

Modern western society finds itself in a most precarious situation: too much information available. This is in sharp contrast compared to just 10 – 15 years ago when most of us had a very vague idea of what the internet was and the capacity it held for spreading information — any information — to and from and throughout the world at large. As the channels of information, infotainment, propaganda, news, social networking and advertising expand exponentially, one must ask if this is generally beneficial to society as a whole or detrimental to our understanding of the world at large.

I was having a discussion with a colleague just last night. Both of us being writers/journalists/bloggers who take our abilities as wordsmiths quite seriously, we were dumbfounded by the sheer amount of either useless or ‘echo chambered’ information that exists on the internet. Our conclusion being that the so-called ‘legitimate’ news outlets — CBS, NBC, New York Times, etc.. — rarely take competent writers such as ourselves seriously considering that we are lumped into the broader category of the ‘blogosphere’ by proxy. It is quite understandable the sentiments of the larger news complex at large considering the magnitude of misinformation, conjecture, innuendo — in a word: crap — that exists in the digital forum known as the internet; a forum that is becoming the defacto source of news, information and entertainment for a majority of the world. continue reading…

A blow for consumers

For those not following the FCC as of late, the issue of Net Neutrality has been a hot-button issue. For a few years now, mega internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon have been of the mindset that they can dictate the bandwidth allocated to whatever services they deem acceptable. In 2007, Comcast decided they had the god-given corporate right to slow down the bandwidth of BitTorrents, among other things Comcast didn’t find appropriate—-Oh Crap, I’m using Comcast Broadband right now, better watch my tongue, otherwise my faithful readers will be going back in a 1998 dial-up time machine when they visit my site.

My conspiratorial delusions aside, Comcast fought the FCC–who’d a thunk it–and on April 6 of this year, the US Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to stop all mighty Comcast from doing as they please; essentially ruling that the FCC can’t impose net neutrality at all. Here is the FCC’s response to the decision:

The FCC is firmly committed to promoting an open Internet and to policies that will bring the enormous benefits of broadband to all Americans. It will rest these policies — all of which will be designed to foster innovation and investment while protecting and empowering consumers — on a solid legal foundation. continue reading…

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