I don’t have strong opinions.
My philosophy on most things in life is that you’re wrong, and I am, too. As a matter of fact, if I ever argue with you about something, I’m not actually arguing with you about it. I either just want to piss you off, or I’m trying to learn more about your poorly-formed opinion that you don’t fully understand.
But there are a few things I do have opinions on.
- Freedom is pretty great. Freedom to say what we want, do what we want, when we want, and to hold any belief we want is a core part of being…well, being. Period.
- Everyone should have the opportunity to learn. If you don’t want to, fine, you don’t have to, but you should at least have the opportunity to with no strings attached.
For most of human history, even well into the 20th century, these two things were a luxury of the rich, the white, and the powerful. That is, until one day, a scientist at CERN decided he wanted to create an internal network for himself and the other scientists to send messages back and forth between each other. But mostly to check if the coffee pot was full or not.
Who would’ve thought that 30 years later, the Internet would be the most powerful, equalizing tool on planet earth.
Anyone can use it if they have access to it. A lot of people are trying to get everyone access to the internet, even those in far-off corners of the world.
You can do anything with it. You can read ancient roman texts or you can watch funny cat videos on YouTube. You can talk to someone in Korea and ask them about the weather or you can learn a new language…or watch funny dog videos on YouTube.
It’s amazing how much we take this tool for granted. We’ve become so dependent on it in the last 30 years that, if it were to magically disappear, I really think our society would collapse. It might take a day or two, but I really think we’d be toast.
Sadly, today the US government voted to take away the freedom that the Internet gives us and give it to billionaires that run ISPs.
These companies can now block our access to sites. They can now slow our connections to sites they don’t want us to see. They can charge us more money to get access to certain pages.
Basically, it’s the end of the free exchange of information.
Of course, I say it’s the end of free exchange of information. If you have the money to pay for said information, you’ll be just fine. Once again, freedom, education, and therefore power, are back in the hands of the rich.
I don’t have much else to say, really. It’s pretty sad. It’s really sad. But c’est la vie.
It’s only a matter of time until the Internet as we know it is gone for good. Enjoy it while it lasts, folks.