[NetBehaviour] How a Library Saved My Life
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Feb 7 18:40:14 CET 2011
Thanks for reading the post,
I do agree with you that on-line communities offer resources which can
help those who wish to discover others who are either thinking or
creating in relational or similar contexts. like I said, the Internet is
"Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by
their users from the rest of the Web. Wireless Internet providers are
being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made
deals. Governments -- totalitarian and democratic alike -- are
monitoring people's online habits, endangering important human rights."
The larger sites/platforms like itunes is centralized and walled off.
The Murdoch Empire News International have already made invenstments
into walling off the Internet, specifically for Sky HD broadcasting.
Taking up mass bandwidth.
"Giant providers want it privatized to "discriminate in favor of their
own search engines (while) slowing down or blocking services by their
competitors. (They're) spending hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying
Congress" and the FCC to defeat Net Neutrality and jeopardize the
Internet's future." The Struggle for Net Neutrality -
Make no mistake: The free-flowing Internet as we know it could very well
become history. What does that mean? It means we could be headed toward
a pay-per-view Internet where Web sites have fees. It means we may have
to pay a network tax to run voice-over-the-Internet phones, use an
advanced search engine, or chat via Instant Messenger. The next
generation of inventions will be shut out of the top-tier service level.
Meanwhile, the network owners will rake in even greater profits.
To me, getting rid of libraries and closing off the Internet to
independent or smaller communities are part of the same issue. A greedy
and intrusive effort by corporations only allowing people access to
information as paying consumers, rather than allowing people to have the
right find information and knowledge for free and on their own terms.
This is a neoliberal takeover...
Wishing you well.
> Marc -
> That's a great post.
> I do think, however, that you can also get a sense of being in a
> learning community through online participation - I can remember my own
> sense of excitement and encouragement when I first started to join
> communities like WebArtery and TrAce online about ten years ago, and
> found that there were all sorts of other people out there interested in
> the same stuff I was just discovering myself. Furtherfield itself is now
> an enormously important resource in this respect.
> We'd better hope that this is the case, anyhow, because the library
> system is going to be decimated for sure in the next few years. One
> theme which keeps emerging strongly from a whole sequence of recent
> posts is the extent to which we are now re-living the experiences of the
> 1970s. It's not just the cutbacks, which Labour would have made as well:
> it's the extent to which the Tories are using the cutbacks as an excuse
> to dismantle the welfare state. What's happening in the NHS at the
> moment is really alarming. I keep hoping that an issue is going to come
> along which will split the coalition and thereby force a general
> election, but maybe it's not going to happen.
> - Edward
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