Wednesday, November 12, 2014


There's a bright side to the clumsy American monopoly over its comparatively crappy and expensive internet infrastructure. Will enough barriers to access lead to people expecting and valuing face-to-face relationships? No, nix that...they'll continue subjecting themselves to bar and nightclub tariffs.

Down another avenue, though, this could actually create a positive. If pricing eventually deprives the superslums of their internet cultural context, it would be like charging too much for bread and circuses. The state of disconnect could create a culture divide that even the proles could understand, and make the tax-farm/mega-prison evident.

That's why the NFL always made me feel warm and fuzzy inside--if it takes that much time to dissect football statistics over beer, overlords are forced to mandate at least a certain "NFL attention minimum" of generalized leisure time among the laboring population. And that leaves wiggle room.

Of course, they're much too smart to create the superslum revolt. Net favoritism won't result in no internet; it'll just result in basic site access. There'll be some free (and reliable!) news, free (and reliable!) anti-military websites run by grassroots foundations, free (and reliable!) anarchic discontent discussion boards, and free (and reliable!) cooking sites. The internet won't die, and bread and circuses will continue. Instead, the internet will become an intranet--the U.S. Government intranet--where all the websites are like suburban mini-malls. Same stores, same ads, same cultural programming, completely free to walk around, occasional concerts by local bands, and no leafleting permitted.

1 comment:

  1. I've been thinking about this recently, and more generally.
    On the whole, I would say the Internet has not improved the quality of my life at all. The benefits are surely outweighed by the costs. So I don't have internet at home now (and also no cell phone). It is useful for my work, but it can be done without it.

    The convenience simply isn't worth it. There are very, very, very few things that can't wait a week or two (e.g. for a letter or paperwork to be sorted through the mail, going to a store). the cost on the other hand - massive waste of time/life, opening the most private areas of your life for all public and private institutions who have anything BUT your best interest in mind, the deterioration in memory, attention, language, and others skills, etc. Increasingly not a fan.