F. O. Friday: Net Neutrality and Writers

Let’s face it. It’s Friday and your mind just isn’t on your work. Let me offer you some time-passing and hopefully enlightening distractions via F. O. Friday.

Seriously, browse all you can, because days of Internet goofing-off at the office may be over.  That’s right, the FCC executed net neutrality last Tuesday, and there have been a lot of articles sussing out what this means to free speech, to small business, and to consumers.

Whether we are bibliophiles or writers, we spend a lot of our time on the Internet pursuing and sharing our passions, and so as someone who falls into both of the above categories, I wondered what net neutrality might mean to us literati folks.  The below links attempt to paint a picture and are worth perusing:

First, what is net neutrality? This piece at The Atlantic was pretty ok and not hysterical.

Melville House discusses possible effects on indie bookstores.

Cory Doctorow explores the history and paltry language of the original rules at Boing Boing.  I also stumbled across an older piece by Doctorow for Locust that pertains specifically to writers.

Josh Stearns discusses the freedom of press and future of journalism at PBS.org.

And the Writers Guild of America are not pleased.

So, yeah, this is bad.  All is not lost, though.  Free Press has set up an easy petition form to complete and help people to speak out.  If you disagree with the net neutrality decision, please take a moment to fill it out.