Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
I’m still trying to understand Mr. Shirky’s complex ideas, but I stumbled upon this article that seemed to have some interesting parallels. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new rules that would allow for “fast” and “slow” lanes for internet traffic – meaning you could have to wait longer for your Netflix video to load if Netflix isn’t in good favor with internet providers such as Verizon. Internet providers love this idea because it means they can charge our fave websites more money to be in the fast lane.
So where does Clay come in? In response to the proposed rule making, the FCC has opened an online forum allowing anyone to comment. Anyone! The time for comments is past, but you can still reply to others’ comments until September 15. This means that there is still time to bring up arguments, positions, feelings, etc. that have the potential to make a difference. Who can bring up arguments/positions/feelings? Anyone! This reminds me of the TedTalk because there can be an unlimited number of people working on this project and maybe people only comment/reply once, but MAYBE that’s the comment/reply that matters!
As John Oliver says, “Commenters, this is your moment to shine!” (Still confused about Net Neutrality? John Oliver will describe it better than anyone else here.)
So, why is net neutrality important to arts managers? There could be a major cost to nonprofit arts organizations. If nonprofits can’t afford the fast lane tolls, we could have major issues reaching patrons/consumers, participating in online cultural dialog, sharing promotional video, etc. Does your organization have something to say that internet providers deems offensive? Good luck getting that to anyone via the internet. Can we expect nonprofits to successfully compete with for profits on the cost of messaging? This article about the importance of creating/sharing for free will support these arguments and more.