Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Net Neutrality? I'm Still Neutral...

Unlike most bloggers, I'm still making up my mind on this net neutrality thing. I was uncertain a few weeks ago and, as you can tell from my subsequent silence, I'm still torn.

Sure, right now I'm getting 100,000 visits per day, but what about once I'm a media giant--just like the so-called "villains" in today's scenario? What then? Will America's tiny, weak, shrill and easily-distracted voices really deserve the same platform/access as ARAVOSISblog 4.0? Shouldn't there be a few big "deciders" who shape the national dialogue, making sure all eyes are on the ball? There are many questions, grasshoppers...

Anyway, I know things are happening in Congress as we speak, but one can't rush genius: I will let you know of my further thoughts on this subject as I have them. This is why you pay me the big bucks.


PS - By the way, I've mentioned this in the comments several times, but in case you haven't heard: with the dawn of ARAVOSISblog 2.0, I will have the power to CLOSE THREADS--not just the mass-delete and blanket-banning power I have now, but the ability to permanently end discussion on whatever topic I choose! Isn't that great? Believe you me, there have been several times recently when I needed that power, and soon I'll have it! I think I'm only one or two fundraising drives away!


Anonymous Janet said...

One of those ads that provides your revenue comes from a group that is deliberately deceptive. It is really sponsored by AT&T and the like, pretending to protect neutrality while working to curtail it for their own benefit. You take their money from bogus ads while remaining neutral, yourself. Now that's some strategy....er, I mean, strategery. Cover those bases, Johnny-A! No detail escapes your eagle eye! Another C-note is on it's way to help fund your continued brilliance.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Pudendum said...

You mustn't forget to occasionally have open threads! Try to be as original as Atrios when giving us starter lines. "Go for it" is so ho-hum. Remember, this is a contest to see who can be the most clever with their open thread starting comments.

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that ad for "Don't let the government regulate the Internet" ad that ran for a couple of weeks paid about $2100 to our glorious leader Johny A-List. But that's just chump change in the grand scheme of things. There's more at stake here than just money. It's about power and since Johnny is now an A-List blogger, he may get the opportunity to kick the ladder down after he rises to the top of the heap, preventing all the riff-raff wannabe Johnny A-Lists from getting their views into the minds of the American sheep.

So naturally Johnny is going to stay neutral. The corporate leaders will likely do a much better job of determining what's best for us to view on the internet than any law declaring neutrality as a policy could ever do.

That's it. I am clearing out my 401K and sending it on in to you to help fight the cause, Johnny. You can count on me. We're all in this together!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You mean like "FRIST!"

Hee hee hee hee! I'm so clever!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Prewnella said...

Feeling lazy and outraged - about par for the course.
There was an excellent smack-down of a troll on a thread late last night - Jane, illegal, Uranus et al really let lose on BGA - I sign off before it started but went back to read it this morning.
Rubber Soul | 05.30.06 - 2:43 pm | #

Once you launch ARAVOSISblog 2.0, I hope it'll attract even more commenters like Rubber Soul. They always make me a smile and contribute so much to the stimulating topics you put forth.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous pudendum said...

Actually anonymous, I meant stuff like


as well. "FRIST!" will do but it's so yesterday.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Johnny A-list: I have a queasy feeling that I'm not doing enough to further your glory. Unfortunately, I can only afford to send you three quarters of my paycheck. My mom charges WAY TOO MUCH RENT. I'd like to feed you more information but it seems you consistently beat me to the punch. You have a blog entry on something from Reuters just hours after I send you the same story by the AP. How do you do it, Johnny A-list. How *do* you do it?

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Prewnella said...

Ours is not to wonder why, Jeff. Ours is to empty our coin purses till we die!

2:10 PM  
Blogger eRobin said...

Will America's tiny, weak, shrill and easily-distracted voices really deserve the same platform/access as ARAVOSISblog 4.0?

You left out "far left."

I'm sending you the deed to my house. We can't lose your vigilance and deep thinking.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous kathyF said...

I have been shocked at some of the comments that have slipped through while you were off keeping your eyes on the ball. Or balls, even.

You definitely need better equipment, not that there's anything wrong with the equipment you have now, but still...bigger is better and all that.

Here's another $50. Use your power for good not evil.

4:57 PM  
Blogger clonecone said...

Ball watching is hard work. It will be good that you can close those pesky discussion. Too much time ball watching time is wasted reading non ball comments and banning non-ball watchers.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Doodle Bean said...

You're all just big girls!

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

I work for Hands Off of the Internet and while i do not support net neutrality i wanted to let you know that even if it were to pass your text based blog will not be affected. Net Neutrality would only affect video based blogs. Here is a big supporter of Net Neutrality that explains this. http://www.mydd.com/comments/2006/5/15/16122/7879/10#10

As I said i am against Net Neutrality and please feel free to go to our site and form your own opinion on this issue.


3:34 PM  

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