July 22, 2006

The crisis in the Middle East is certainly dominating news coverage. In a lamentably predictable fashion, however, for the most part, the coverage adds up to little more than a tit-for-tat scorecard. There is little or no background, no context, frequent errors of fact, and, on occasion, some stunningly blatant bigotry. Once again, though, the Internet is helping to fill the void created by the maladies that ail big media. My wonderfully talented and brilliant cousin, Jeff, for example, has a growing collection of informative essays and links on the topic.

July 07, 2006

I thought about writing a long post about the importance of winning the fight to keep the Internet "content neutral" but then came across this short video that lays out the issues better than I can.

On a related note, I well recall the widespread outrage generated by my February, 1994 piece for the New Democrat magazine which made the then-heretical, supposedly anti-market argument that the Clinton administration should not privatize public Internet nodes without an iron-clad promise that the new owners, mostly telcos, would not exploit their position in the future to control the flow of content.

"Turning the Information Superhighway over to a consortium of big companies," I wrote, "would be like turning Route 66 over to the Teamsters, Amtrak and American Airlines."

The publication was put out by the Democratic Leadership Council, which was often seen as a semi-official organ of the Clinton Administration. They never invited me back.

Well, here we are.

Not only could this Internet power grab have been predicted. It WAS predicted.