Living outside of the United States for almost four weeks now in a 3rd World economy, I have experienced the divide between the access we have in the United States and the access Ecuadorians have here in Cuenca. To me,
the distinct and noticeable differences in Internet connectivity limits productivity. While web pages load fairly fast, it's the sharing of large files across the network that is a problem.
Yes, I’m one of those liberal tech geeks who want to, oh, um..like, keep the Internet FREE! What I mean by free is free from old media run by the Motional Picture Industry Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America, who want to have the right to shut down any website they deem is infringing on their content without due process. That’s like given M&M/Mars the right to shut down every 7-11 in America just because a few 3rd-graders stole a couple of candy bars. Then, 7-11 would have to prove they can prevent all 3rd-graders from stealing M&Ms, before they can open the doors again. How silly would that be?
So, if you like your Google, WikiPedia, YouTube, SoundCloud, or any other service for that matter, which provides a vehicle for free artistic expression, then you’ll call you Senator or Congressperson and tell them you’re certainly against piracy, but not at the expense of taking your liberties away! Many of these sites have gone dark or are taking a stand today against government regulation, which will stifle innovation.
Here’s a quick video on how this all works and why you should be outraged that a few big media companies and their industry organizations are trying to regulate the Internet and block you from using services like Facebook and Twitter, which if passed, could be shut down without due process. This is like saying that you’re guilty until proven innocent. That’s not the America I grew up. I hope that’s not the one you want your kids to grow up in. We might as well move to China or Russia and let the powerful control the powerless.
8tracks is on of my favorite Internet radio sites. And, I'm not just saying that (disclosure: I'm on the Board of Advisors), because I'm down with the crew. It's just that these cats were able to survive the major label mafia and keep their handcrafted internet radio service available to wanna-be DJs. You gotta check out some of these mixes. Definitely music you won't hear on the radio. I'm digging this mix I posted from Aiden Bordner. Check this out and other phat mixes on 8tracks.com. Start your own radio station, tell your friends, and play all the music you probably have never heard, for as long as your ears can stand it. Anyone can become the DJ. I've got some joints on 8tracks as well. You can listen to my mixes on my profile here.