Regarding the issue of Net Neutrality.
I know I’m flooding you guys with posts on the whole Net Neutrality thing, but you know I wouldn’t if it wasn’t SERIOUSLY FUCKING IMPORTANT.
Please, guys, no matter where in the world you are, you CAN do something to help. Check out the resources in those posts I reblogged. This doesn’t just hurt those of us in the US, it will have a ripple effect that will be felt around the world.
If the basic right to communicate is revoked by the FCC in these United States, all your favourite independent artists, writers and musicians will suffer. Your favourite Youtubers will struggle to be able to put their videos online. The writers whose work you read for free won’t be able to put their writings up online and get the donations from their fans that helps pay their bills. The musicians won’t be able to sell their recordings on iTunes and Amazon. Entertaining podcasts like Welcome To Night Vale will no longer be able to release new episodes without fighting to be heard.
And on a personal note…
If Net Neutrality is gone, you won’t be able to read my work or communicate with me. Because I won’t be able to afford the additional costs just to get online. And being able to write for and talk to you guys means the world to me.
But that’s not even the worst part.
The worst part is the social ramifications. Abuse victims looking for a way out reach out to online non-profits. Suicidal people have been talked down from the proverbial ledge by their online friends. Trans folk find acceptance here on Tumblr and on Facebook even as they’re being mistreated in real life. This free-flowing global communication aids so many people… and all of that would be destroyed in an instant if Ajit Pai and his cronies have their way. Everyone will suffer.
THIS IS WHY WE NEED NET NEUTRALITY.
Help your American fan-friends out, however you can. Sign petitions and spread the word. The FCC is pretending they can’t hear us, but they might listen to you.
And for my fellow Americans: This is not a political issue. It’s a human rights issue. Our basic human right to communicate with each other is being threatened.
Don’t just sit there. DO SOMETHING.