Because the phrase "net neutrality" doesn't blast off the screen

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Contributing Editor Laura Scott blogs at pingVision and rare pattern.

Save the Net NowGiven the incredibly profound impact the elimination of Net Neutrality will have on all of us who have websites of any kind -- including this BlogHer space -- I confess that I'm feeling a bit disheartened at the underwhelming response here and elsewhere in the blogosphere regarding Congressional plans to allow ISPs to gate off different websites from access. The few comments on Contributing Editor Morra Aarons' post, as well as my last post on this topic, seem to indicate that, even here, many people don't seem to realize that their favorite websites could end up being unreachable through their ISPs.

So how to get the word out? This Spartan Life has an interesting way to reach a new demographic: the first-person shooter fans (specifically, Halo gamers).

Check out the video.

On BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow says:

This Spartan Life is genius, a videoblog on a public shoot-em-up server where the host and guests are periodically interrupted by marauding players with plasma grenades.

This episode is really more of a public service announcement about Network Neutrality, a witty look at how a non-neutral network would be very bad for innovative publishers like This Spartan Life.

I know this is my second post here on the subject. My apologies, but the issue is not law ... yet. Morra already linked to Alyssa Milano's blog on the subject, but what Alyssa says bears repeating:


If we are silent and these companies win, say goodbye to small and start up businesses. If we don't stand up for Internet freedom, big business will pay for dominant placing, making it impossible for young entrepreneurs to compete. Corporations will have the ability to steer you to the services they are partial to. If your Internet provider is Comcast do you think they will allow quick access to iTunes if they have financial stakes in a different music service? These corporations will take away our right to choose. They will impede innovation, stifle consumer choices, and block information and content that you may need or just want. It's up to us to make our voices heard. Please take a moment and empower yourself on this issue by clicking on the links bellow. I implore you to sign the petition and contact your representatives. Together we can make a difference.

Sign the petition: http://civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/

Take action: http://action.freepress.net/campaign/savethenet

Learn more about how this affects you: http://www.savetheinternet.com/=threat

Some recent blogs on Net Neutrality:

Liz Strauss at Successful Blog (with links to other blogs)

Kellie at MySpace

WLFnet.com

Gal Tuesday at Drudge Retort

Instapundit links to Daniel Glover's nice overview of the subject.

and, of course,

Save the Internet, the coalition. (Check out Matt's latest blog post.)

Whatever your politics, if you believe in the web, then this is a political subject that concerns you.

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