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I Wonder How John Stossel feels Net Neutrality? May 22, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, Enough Already, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Web 2.0, Words to Live By.

"I started out by viewing the marketplace as a
cruel place, where you need intervention by government and lawyers to
protect people. But after watching the regulators work, I have come to
believe that markets are magical and the best protectors of the
consumer. It is my job to explain the beauties of the free market."

ABC News correspondent John Stossel (Oregonian, 10/26/94)




1. Klinger - May 22, 2006

What? Free markets?? According to the MoveOn, Google-funded alliance, there is NO SUCH THING.

2. Luv2Box - May 22, 2006

Oh c’mon, why stop there? If REM, Moby and Alyssa Milano say NN is good, well then it has to good, right? Let’s not forget why we love the Internet – technology, innovation, competition, just to name a few. I believe that NN will destroy all of that and then some. How about if we start a campaign and tell these guys to stick with what they know……um, what was that?

3. watcher - May 22, 2006

Singers and mediocre actresses probably spend a lot of time studying Internet dynamics and economics, so we should pay close attention to their wise words on what’s best for the consumer.

What is this country coming to, where the pontifications of a celebrity (a term used loosely here) carries more weight by default than those who actually work in a given field? Anyone know what those folks are saying?

4. Zack W. Handley - May 22, 2006

Anytime an actor speaks, I judge them on performance and performance only. Because once you are an actor (especially a good actor), one can never tell the difference between what you know-mean-feel and what someone wrote in a script for you to regurgitate…it is a blessing and a curse.

5. SoCal619 - May 22, 2006

It’s even more telling that these “celebrities” (and that term is used loosely) are a motely crew of “has beens”. For all the money being funneled to Capitol Hill and to forward the “net neut” thinking, you’d think they’d could drop a dime and get someone decent. Ultimately, it’s just a really piss-poor attempt to sway the minds of the feeble…Nobody cares about Moby!

6. condor - May 23, 2006

I have less trouble with a ragtag group of performers weighing in on a subject about which they know very little than I do a ragtag group of legislators actually regulating an industry about which they know very little. That scares the crap out of me.

7. thenet - May 23, 2006

I would hardly call the power of the free market magical. If you don’t want to buy something, you don’t have to buy it, which means that companies can’t sell it to you. If you want something, you’ll buy it, and companies will sell it to you. That’s not protecting consumers, that’s empowering them. Government regulation deprives consumers of any choice in the matter. You get what government gives to you. That protects nobody.

8. Net Chick - May 23, 2006

Who in their right mind would take the advice from an old man like Moby over the expert opinion of technology companies coming out saying net neut isnt that great of an idea? Who’s next to be pro-NN? Michael Jackson?

9. Stevens33 - May 24, 2006

John Stossel is suprising me a lot these days. A few months ago I saw him do a great report on school vouchers, now this revelation about his views on the free market. I need to start watching his stuff more often. I agree with Stossel, though, the market is the best solution to any perceived problems with the internet.

10. MRT - May 24, 2006

Maybe it’s just me, but I am guessing a news correspondent that studies the free market of this country might know a lot more about this issue than a bunch of washed-up B list celebrities. I agree the market itself will be the best way to settle all the issues surrounding the new advancements in the internet.

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