Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Limbaugh: Net neutrality blocks conservatism on the Internet

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And our latest entry in the long line of delusional and dishonest attacks against net neutrality comes from – *drumroll* – Rush Limbaugh, who claims that recent proposals for instating the enforcement of Internet service equality will actually “limit the amount of conservatism that you will be able to find on the Internet”:

My transcript of the relevant bit (from the 0:45 mark):

Net neutrality – of course, it’s not what it claims to be. It’s like so many other liberal things. It doesn’t mean that there’s gonna be neutral (on the Net?). It doesn’t mean there’s not gonna be bias in the Internet. What it’s going to do is limit the amount of conservatism that you will be able to find on the Internet. That’s what it’s purpose – be them blogs, the search engines, or what have you.

Needless to say, this definition for net neutrality applies solely to the weird, warped version of the principle that exists in the fictional universe dreamed up by the neoconservative hivemind. What actual net neutrality is has absolutely nothing to do with permitting or filtering content on the Web based on its nature, but is rather a marketing and business tool that would allow different Internet service providers (ISPs) to allocate greater accessibility to content they want, based on whatever rationale they conjured up. Once again, net neutrality is the exact, polar, diametrical opposite of any form of censorship, instead ensuring that everyone has an equal standing place on the global online podium, regardless of what they have to say.

But, of course, to listen to conservatives, you’d think that the FCC’s attempts to enforce this principle of equal distribution of service amounts to another of their fictitious “government takeovers” – despite the fact that ISPs have always been and most assuredly always will be private corporations and that the US government has never shown the slightest interest in changing that. But such facts are useless and ephemeral in that crazy, twisted version of reality where neocons dwell.