LISTen: An Podcast -- Episode #134

This week's episode contains a zeitgeist update, a book review, and a discussion of the latest by the FCC on net neutrality. Musical numbers under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licenses are aired in lieu of public service announcements this week.

Related links:
LOLCat Bible
Ars Technica on Net Neutrality #1
Ars Technica on Net Neutrality #2
Ars Technica on Net Neutrality #3
The Register on Net Neutrality
eWeek on Net Neutrality
Michelle Malkin on Net Neutrality, claiming that Internet access is not a civil right
Huffington Post on Net Neutrality #1
Huffington Post on Net Neutrality #2
The Office of the Federal Register on the Congressional Review Act
Politico looking at the Congressional Review Act's possible use against the net neutrality order
Washington Examiner: Senator DeMint versus the FCC
Ars Technica: "Republicans on new FCC net neutrality rules: kill!"
Slate: "If the FCC Had Regulated the Internet -- A counterfactual history of cyberspace."
Fox News: "Republicans Aim to Block FCC's New Internet Rules Before They Go Into Effect"
News Telegram: "FCC amok"

The FCC's Net Neutrality order in PDF format
The FCC's Net Neutrality order in Microsoft Word format

Nightmares by Design by Severed Fifth from which we played "Drill Down"
Jimmy Carter by 20lb Sounds

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ALA, Net Neutrality, and Wikipedia

Here is another net neutrality link I am certain will be interesting, and yes, I wrote this:

"ALA Pushes Net Neutrality on Wikipedia; Political and Pecuniary Interests Promoted Anonymously by ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom May Violate Ethical and Tax Codes"

LISNews, please read that as it may contain information worthy of a separate post on LISNews. But it has no songs to play like your podcast did. Sorry.


Christmas Time Is A Great Time To Bury News

In the midst of Christmastime things, we had a 194 page order dumped. I've skimmed it and looked for the high points of it. About a third of the order can be disregarded by Joe Six-pack as it merely is an exciting bit of tortured logic whereby the Commission tries to justify the current action in light of current statutory authorities. The submission by the ALA is mostly cited as a factual basis for assertions over the potential effects of the Commission not acting.

Frankly, the order is pretty much a nullity. There's likely to be action under the Congressional Review Act to wipe 'em out or the appropriations folks will just choke off funding to prevent implementation. The rules themselves are ridiculously vague compared to those found elsewhere in Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

As to perception management efforts by the ALA...I'm not really surprised. Did it really do any good, though? Wikipedia is probably not a primary source for the folks in Congress who can nuke these regulations if they feel like it let alone folks in the courts. This matter is outside the reach, for now, of the average rank-and-file voter who might consult Wikipedia first.
Stephen Michael Kellat, MSLS

The ALA has been astroturfing for Free Press

This just in:

"Tech at Night:  Net Neutrality Reactions Continue, ALA, Copyright, Trademark, the New Madden Curse," by Neil Stevens, RedState, 28 December 2010.


It turns out the fraud behind the Net Neutrality movement runs ever deeper than we knew: The ALA has been astroturfing for Free Press and its front group Save the Internet, over on Wikipedia.  Can we please just make Wikipedia run ads already, forcing the site to bend to the will of market forces instead of its army of astroturfers and shills?


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