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Noam Chomsky on Net Neutrality

Posted by Roar of the Bewildered Herd on February 7, 2011 at 8:00 PM 7310 Views

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Reply Elizabeth de Armas
5:06 PM on September 28, 2011 
Chomsky pointed out that the Internet is a very valuable tool, which everyone should agree with. However, like everything in life - the Internet has its downsides as well. As of now, the Internet has been a free service to users who pay for DSL or WIFi connection, use the Internet at school or other areas with computer access, smart phones, tablets, etc. The Internet allows society to stay informed, interested, and involved with what is happening around the world - locally and globally. This is one of the best attributes the web allows us to access. With that said, there are also negative things that have come out of the Internet like hacking, cyberbullying, false advertisement, viruses, etc. The Internet is a very useful tool if used in the right manner and provides many positive uses to society such as free news, online shopping and research engines. The Internet has truly opened doors for "on the spot" timely news, networking and more. I hope, like Chomsky mentioned, that the Internet continues to be a free service (although we technically pay for the connection at home) and that individuals are able to maintain this access without having to pay a price.
Reply Connie Fossi
4:47 PM on September 28, 2011 
As Chomsky pointed out, over the years corporations have intended to impose more control in the internet by increasing advertising, limiting accessibility, etc. It is important to remember that the internet was designed to be a more inclusive and open medium and this cannot be changed. Although it is true that it could be use for negative purposes, it is also true that internet has allowed people to express ideas worldwide and promote positive changes in diverse societies, especially in places where people are oppressed. Chomsky is giving us warning signs that should not be ignored because internet is the only medium that really allows us to participate without limitations.
Reply Taylor Croley
4:12 PM on September 28, 2011 
While I believe the Internet should stay as it is, free and open to anyone with computer access, it does have some negative aspects. Anyone can post their personal opinion, lies, misleading information, etc, and those who are not equipped with prior, personal knowledge or education can be fooled and misguided. The Internet can be a dangerous place with many companies, people, corps using it for personal interests and profit but it is up to each person on what and what not to believe, buy and entertain. If Internet does move toward allowing certain people "easy access" and others "difficult access" it is going to be a much less of a tool for free and open information and expression which I do not see as beneficial.