Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, March 03, 2006

Save the Internet

Some of the largest telecom executives are viewing all of us — Internet users — as a giant cash cow. If you’ve enjoyed blogging and net surfing, savor the memory. It might not last much longer.

I’ve posted about this before (so have lots of other people), but this is the first coverage I’ve seen from the Mainstream Media. Is this a good or bad sign? The mindless entertainment blitz mass media has taken away valuable coverage from Lindsay Lohan and Bode Miller, just to bring us this story. What’s this mean?

Is there more and more momentum behind this corporate pirating of the Internet? Or have bloggers and “alternative” news sources generated so much interest that the mainstream media can’t ignore it any longer?

The Progress and Freedom Foundation (how’s that for a euphemism) is a think tank that’s promoting this corporate takeover. Funding for the Progress and Freedom Foundation comes from — you’re gonna be shocked — telephone, cable and media companies. This group also has close ties to the pharmaceutical industry, the tobacco industry and Newt Gingrich. Birds of a feather…

A member of the Progress and Freedom Foundation says “I don't think this is corporate greed. This is the beginning of a new business model for the Internet.”

Right. And Adolph Hitler developed a new model for race relations.

When AOL announced their plan to start charging a fee for certain types of e-mail, they provoked a storm of online protests. This corporate hijacking of the Internet should be an issue that unites people of all political viewpoints. After all, if you think global corporations are just dandy and Bush is the greatest president we’ve ever had, you won’t be able to say this online any more if these telecom companies have their way. Or, you’ll pay through the nose for the privilege of saying it.

MoveOn.org and Gun Owners of America were two of the biggest protesters of AOL’s "pay up and nobody gets hurt" plan.

On the left sidebar, in large red letters, is a link that says “Save The Internet. Act Now.” If you haven’t already, please click there and sign the petition — while you still can.


Anonymous urbanadmin said...

I was waiting to see if anyone else would catch this and blog about it...

March 3, 2006 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

well, you know that in Bush's America, the free flow of information cannot stand.
how could it?
the mainstream corporate media and the right wing echo machine make so much noise, that we have to rely on other sources to get the truth.

March 3, 2006 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Urbanadmin: Yeah, I hope more people start covering it. Now that MSNBC actually mentioned it, maybe there'll be more interest.

Mike V.: The free flow of information is definitely a threat to this administration. The mainstream "media" has already been castrated and locked into a straightjacket, but there are still millions of unregulated bloggers out there. They're looking for a way to fix this problem.

March 3, 2006 at 10:52 AM  

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