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How to be Anti-Net Neutrality Without Being a Reactionary Conservative or a Corporate Shill

1. Techno-literacy: Know how the internet and various other “technical things” work.

2. Cultural Relevance: Stay up-to-date with the trends shaping the ‘net, current internet memes, video games, tech news, and other tech-geek stuff. If you’re a digital artist, IT professional, or software engineer, even better.

3. Be One of the Common People: Don’t make too much money. If you aren’t a lawyer and you aren’t on the bankroll of a corporation with a vested interest, this is easy.

4. Credibility: Don’t be one of those self-appointed, overpaid “social media gurus.” Digital marketing is a legit business, but it’s difficult to know whether you’re getting the real deal or one of these tech-hipsters who doesn’t know the difference between “trendy” and “useful.” Many of them hop onto the neutrality wagon because it signals that they are cool, tech-savvy, and perhaps even “leet.”

4. Be Forward-Thinking: Recognize how fast and dynamic inter-connected masses of people are; market conditions can change rapidly, but internet market conditions can change overnight.

5. Liberalism*: Be an avid supporter of free-speech. Not in a reluctant, holding-your-nose way, either. Optimally, support other progressive-liberal civil issues like gay marriage and separation of church and state. Bash conservative politicians whenever it is convenient to do so.

6. Skepticism: Be wary of the government, politicians, and politically-appointed regulators in pretty much any situation. In fact, be skeptical of the entire political process. Recall that “Deception is an inherent, inseparable part of politics. Politics itself is a big lie.

7. Face the Reality: Recognize that corporate interests pay legions of lawyers hundreds of millions of dollars to shape policy in their favor. Thus, policies and regulations originally intended to benefit the many in practice will generally benefit the few and well-represented.

8. Rhetoric: Articulate your disdain for net neutrality well, explaining how government regulation of one internet layer will lead to regulation of all layers, and how government regulation of the medium is anathema to free speech. Be artful, logical, savvy, reasonable, and compelling. You’ve got an uphill battle ahead of you.

Are there any other rules I should add to the list?

*Liberalism in the old-world definition: i.e. advocacy of the individual’s rights and limited government intervention.

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2 Responses

  1. E says:

    Well done. Described one of my professors to a T with

    4. Credibility: Don’t be one of those self-appointed, overpaid “social media gurus.” They rarely create enough value to offset their inflated salary, and many of these tech-hipsters don’t know the difference between “trendy” and “useful.” They hop onto the neutrality wagon because it signals that they are cool, tech-savvy, and perhaps even “leet.”


    Just ‘cuz he helped found the Internet Media Blogger’s Alliance doesn’t mean he’s not an overpaid technovangelist. *rolls eyes*

    He and I are doppelgängers.

    I’ve got FIRE on speed dial just for him. Check him out, @twittername darthcheeta

  2. […] How to be Anti-Net Neutrality Without Being a Reactionary Conservative or a Corporate Shill […]

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