Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Verizoogle-gate: The Creation of Big Internet

On Monday, Google and Verizon jointly proposed significant changes to internet service that, if realized, could have broad ranging effects on what content is widely available. These include possible dramatic changes of cost and content to everyday users, learn more here. Despite attacks from internet purists who believe that the internet was designed with the intention of being a free and open exchange of ideas and content (apparently including pornography and stolen video, music, pictures....) Google is continuing on an evil path that from my objective and generally more insightful point of view, will lead to corporate, economic, political and eventual world domination, resulting in a small group of rebels firing a torpedo into the center of Mountain Gate, Calif.

Rebellious conflagration and inflammatory remarks aside, this deal isn't evil or fascist. For those of you who oppose the proposal based on idealogical grounds, just wait until you get to pay an extra few bucks a month to play WOW on an unnecessarily fast and exclusive network that will let you waste your life fighting a battle of magic and wits with a level 43 Druid (who in real life looks conspicuously like Kevin Smith on laundry day) while simultaneously video chatting with your imaginary girlfriend.

Ok, enough insulting my friends and now former-readers (as a token of good faith, there will be no retaliation if you post that college video of me "air conducting" Mahler's 1st in my bathrobe--most people close their barn doors when it snows in Ohio...).

The internet is a business, if the business makes money, better and more complete services will be offered. Unless the FCC allows some crazy back-room deals (like Google and Verizon signing an exclusive contract, saying that you have to be on a Verizon network to use gmail), users will reap the benefits of cheaper and custom internet service deals, not to mention more enriching, complete and safe content.

The bottom line of all of this is that the Verizoogle proposal (and inevitable future services based on its suggestions) strives to make the internet safer. The internet is a dangerous place...scams, viruses and bots hide in plain sight, indiscriminately preying on passing users, spreading their filth and destruction at an alarming rate. We must protect ourselves. If we can find a way to continue to monetize the internet while making it a safer and more effective tool, we should explore and embrace those options.