The above piece was created for Deviant Art’s “Battle for the Net” campaign (see it at Deviant Art here). As Deviant Art can be an interesting place to potentially engage a lot of artists and creatives with a message of freedom, I thought it would be a good idea to represent Net Neutrality from a more libertarian perspective. In doing so, I utilized a popular design from the gadsden flag (don’t tread on me), with the big boot of the State, Cronyism and their version of net “neutrality” about to do some treading!
For example, Elliot on facebook notes that, “All that net neutrality did was shift the cost of providing the infrastructure to carry large services like Netflix and Google onto all consumers instead of the pockets of the businesses. Net neutrality exists only to line the pockets of internet giant executives and shareholders, and it’s at your expense.”
And Dan Muller (Actual Anarchy) notes, “If only ‘Net Neutrality’ meant ‘Free from government control'”.
Anyway, one thing I’ve noticed is that both Deviant Art and battleforthenet.com seem to be conveying is that the internet is solely under threat from big business (like comcast, verizon, time warner cable and at&t) – and not from cronyism and politicians utilizing their power and influence to cozy up to business. Which is a pretty typical mistake. But if you want to get involved, all you have to do is create your own artwork letting others know about the importance of emancipating the internet and keeping it a true place of freedom for all people. Simply use the hashtag #BattleForTheNet !
For more information on why Net Neutrality might be a bad idea:
- Against Net Neutrality (Mises Institute)
- Net Neutrality is Newspeak for Cronyism (Actual Anarchy)
- Ditch Net Neutrality Now (Mises Institute)
- Net Neutrality: What it Really Means (Daily Sheeple)
- John Oliver is Wrong About Net Neutrality (Errata Security)
- Could There Be An Internet Without The State? (Tom Woods Show)
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