Internet

It's Not Liberal Bias If You're Got No Liberals - the Media Then & Now

May
24

Like a made-to-order follow-up to my thoughts on media bias and how the Internet has helped even things up, NPR's On the Media has a wonderful segment on health care reform then and now, called "Rewrite".

The focus is on the differing media environments and the absence in the Nineties of a liberal response mechanism to the "republican echo-chamber". That was one of the reasons that Hillary Care eventually failed. Thanks in part to the rise of the blogosphere, things are far different now.

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Internet Bandwidth Caps are a Direct Muzzle on the Progressive Voice

May
12

Josh Silver of Free Press discusses the potential catastrophe of allowing the communication monopolies to cap internet use. He mentions Congressman Eric Massa's reaction:

Yesterday, Rep. Massa told the Philadelphia Inquirer he is looking for a Republican co-sponsor for the bill: 'This is bigger than a college kid surfing the Internet. Anything that limits access to the basic Internet is a threat to the economy."

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Dirty Little Secret: Net Neutrality Is Good for Liberals

Dec
20

I just get all giggly when I hear the right-wingers are scared the Democrats are going to bring back the 'Fairness Doctrine'. It's so old media.

The real action is focused on new media and making sure we all have equal access both as producers and consumers. This equal access is called "Net Neutrality".

As a recent editorial in the New York Times explains:

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Another Missed Opportunity in Telecommuncations

Mar
20

Yet more public bandwidth sold to the Telephone Monopoly:

att_deathstar_100x180.gif All told, Verizon and AT&T amassed 84 percent of total winning bids....

"Appalling," Democrat Jonathan Adelstein called the results.

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