Further to issues around Net neutrality? Is it a good thing?
The best sentence Hugo Rifkind at Britain’s Spectator probably ever wrote is “It is too easy, sometimes, to forget that new media is media at all”. Yes, and that trouble is based on the assumption that media in general dictate to us from on high. No, they are just people with a pronounced leftish perspective who interpret the news for us. Usefully or otherwise. He goes on to say:
Imagine there was one newspaper that landed all the scoops. Literally all of them. Big news, silly news, the lot. When those girlfriendless, finger-wagging freaks in Syria and Iraq opted to behead another aid worker, it would be reported here first. Likewise when nude photographs of a Hollywood actress were stolen by a different bunch of girlfriendless freaks. Hell of a newspaper, this one. Imagine it.
Now call this newspaper ‘Google’, and watch your conceptual world swivel slightly. Of course, Google isn’t really a newspaper. In fact, it may be the greatest enemy that newspapers have; bastardising copy, mocking copy-right and gradually forcing a whole industry to swap editorial judgment for search engine optimisation. Yet in terms of pure news, Ofcom reports that Google’s news arm is read by more people than the Sky News website. Google also owns YouTube, which hosts so much online video that it virtually is online video. For almost all other internet news, meanwhile, it is the first port of call, via search. It is easy, sometimes, to forget that new media is media at all. More.
Yes, and that is part of the difficulty. No one else owns news services any more. Not really. Once we can—all by ourselves. — figure out how to get a taxi or find gluten-free bread or what the law states with respect to animal welfare in relation to a local cat crazy or what the Catholic Church teaches.
What the Catholic Church teaches?
A couple of years ago, I remember our parish priest explaining, if you want to know what is happening in the Catholic Church go directly to the Vatican. That is, waste no time with people who are filtering the news. Hear it for yourself. That is, in a nutshell, what the Internet has changed.
I wish I knew whether “Net Neutrality” is a good idea. It reminds me of government “human rights” legislation that, in Canada anyway, resulted in great difficulty for Canadians who wanted to speak up safely in favour of women’s rights against Islamism. Because the Islamist is just as free to clamour against women’s rights, and draw in supporters, including supporters among former liberals.
See also: How big is Google? Is it really a googleplex? No, but it is formidable anyway.
How to sink a competitor with Google Maps Google does try to police malicious edits, but it is fighting a losing battle when anyone can enter “information.”
The Internet is actually quite a good tool for oppression Google can make you cease to exist, as far as your fellow citizens are concerned, and the rest is silence.
Denyse O’Leary is a Canadian journalist, author, and blogger.