Are Supporters Of Net Neutrality Really Just Supporters Of Music Piracy?

from the those-evil-net-neutrality-supporters dept

One of the big problems with the net neutrality debate is that both sides are prone to misleading and hyperbolic arguments. This applies to both the astroturfing groups, which are shills for the telcos, and the Save The Internet crowd, which also has a penchant for propaganda. The latest absurd argument comes from Sonia Arrison, who works for a telco-funded think tank, who claims that supporters of net neutrality are really just supporters of piracy because of their opposition to blocking P2P networks. This ignores the fact that blocking or slowing down these networks doesn't stop piracy. It also buys into the myth that there's a serious bandwidth crunch that can only be solved by things like traffic shaping, which net neutrality supporters tend to be opposed to. Still, Arrison saves up her ultimate canard for the end of the column when she says that supporters of "net neutrality theory" should be opposed to Apple's plan to sell DRM-free MP3s from EMI because Apple's use of price differentiation (unprotected tracks will sell at $1.29 as opposed to the normal $.99) is non-neutral. Of course, nothing at all about net neutrality would imply that different prices for different products should be illegal. All this example proves is that Arrison either doesn't understand net neutrality or is willfully trying to distort the concept.

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  1. identicon
    Dosquatch, 19 Apr 2007 @ 7:59am

    Re:

    Who's protecting the children from these "spoons"? What about the children?

    Nobody. Ain't it great? Imagine, instead of trying to nerf-coat Little Johnny, we instead teach him some basic skills on how to look out for himself from time to time.

    Off with their helmets! Lawn Darts for everybody!

    Sure, somebody's gonna get a black eye playing dodge ball. Somebody's going to break an arm or a leg jumping off of the playground equipment. And, by jove, Mom was right - "it" is all fun until someone loses an eye.

    But these are educational experiences. You learn to duck. Maybe wait until the swing is a little lower before you launch yourself. And you're certainly not going to do "that" and end up like one-eye-Jones, are you?

    The one best thing we can do "for the children" is to teach them to think for themselves, because (unless you missed this day in biology) they are going to grow up and inherit all of this crap we've been "protecting" them from, and if we haven't given them the knowledge and tools to handle it effectively, what sort of fucked up failures does that make us?

    Yours Truly,

    old One Eye Jones


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