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In Other News, Four Out of Five People Are Twerps With Entitlement Issues…

“Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests.”

In other news, Barack Obama has called on Congress to extend the right of the Internet to every American, saying that corporate Internet service providers are only interested in profit and will cut off service whenever they please.

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6 Responses to “In Other News, Four Out of Five People Are Twerps With Entitlement Issues…”


  1. 1 CJ Ciaramella
    March 8, 2010 at 7:43 am

    When is my fundamental right to whiskey and big-hipped women going to be recognized? For shame, America. FOR SHAME.

  2. 2 cholm725
    March 9, 2010 at 1:43 am

    How far away are we from black market internet, if it were to be commodified further? Already, you have millions of WoW nerds sitting around designing who knows what to do whatever they can dream up.

    It just seems to me that with wireless technology, we’re closer to a point where if this group of people were pushed too hard, they’d just fight back with free internet.

    Thus, the human right attitude?

    Furthermore, I think there is a good argument in there that the internet being as powerful as it is, restricting access to it would ultimately cause harm to someone. That is, you’re preventing them from having access to information in an age where information is a commodity unlike it ever was in times previous.

    It’s a far cry from water and food, but once the only generations alive are people who have been born with the internet, I imagine the evolution of the information age will speed up. At what point does having access to the internet become the equivalent of being ‘plugged in’ to society (etc)…no pun intended.

  3. 3 Vincent
    March 9, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Are televisions, radios, and newspapers “fundamental” human rights? If not, why is the Internet?

  4. 4 CJ Ciaramella
    March 9, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Well, most people who believe in the classic liberal conception of human nature and democratic societies will say freedom of information and freedom from censorship are an integral part of the social contract between citizens and their government. BUT … there’s a huge difference forcibly blocking access to information (such as Iran did during the June protests) and simply not providing access gratis as a government service.

    I, for one, would be a little scared if the government had its hands on the valve to the “vast series of tubes.” (It’s worth noting that Iran was able to squelch its Internet exactly because it holds a de facto monopoly on Internet service providers in the country.)

    In any case, I think the sticking point for Vincent (and me) is calling access to the Internet a “fundamental human right.” I’ve written about this before in regards to health care (http://www.oregoncommentator.com/2009/08/28/nonsense-on-stilts/), but to re-iterate: Natural rights aren’t material possessions and services that The Gubment gives you. They’re things you already inherently possess. As such, it’s a pretty short list, and free wi-fi is sure as hell not included.

  5. 5 cholm725
    March 9, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I agree.

    I just think it’s interesting to explore the way that the internet has pervaded our lives. It’s not like TV or radio before that. It’s something that is Nobelian (?) in the way that it can empower people or make them lazy union workers sitting at a desk. It’s just becoming a more and more powerful tool that is almost impossible to avoid now.

    I’m more curious about what things will be like when I’m on my deathbed and the computer-ignorant boomers (a lot of em anyway) are long dead.

    Given that I remember running computer programs off of tape cassettes and ACTUAL floppy disks, it’s not hard for me to think that the next 50 years will bring a lot more ‘power’ to the tubes. Whether or not that is a fundamental human right is certainly not too debatable. However, the question of access is…which CJ more or less pointed out.


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