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This Blog’s Best of 2017

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Every year, I make an effort to list blog posts from the past year as a “best of” summary. Unfortunately, personal events made it hard to create a “Best of 2016”. This year has been a challenge, with no posting in one month (due to personal issues), but otherwise, here is a compilation of this blog’s “Best of 2017”.

Using quotes from each post here’s a great way to start exploring this blog’s archives. Enjoy the best of 2017!

JanuaryMaybe I was raised in Chicago, but I definitely grew up in St. Louis.

FebruaryIt’s ok to snicker. Because they’re completely and utterly wrong on this point.

MarchIn short, it’s the repetition of the message that I’m doing something wrong….and that’s the most difficult thing to handle.

April – No post, but I was published in a collection of DePaul Pop Culture Celebration essays

MayIt’s also important that voices that don’t get heard, and that more grassroots-based community building efforts get the visibility and attention they deserve.

June…tonight’s topic hits a little too close to home.0902171913

JulyAs a man who wishes for the energy of his youth to catch up with his idealism….it’s a very appealing notion

Augusthe’s the example of what happens when certain beliefs go unchallenged (or more importantly, holding onto those beliefs inhibits growth and…let’s face it, is very unprofessional.

September…so I had to settle for my Doc Savage t-shirt

Octoberis compassion fatigue still considered a thing?

NovemberAnd let’s not forget that we’re also living in the Trump presidency….and it hurts me to have to type that

December – Various communities are banding together to fight Ajit Pai and his efforts……and that brings me joy. 

Any other highlights from 2017? Any wishes for topics for this blog to cover in 2018? Please feel free to leave them in the comments below, join the conversation via our Facebook page, or e-mail me privately via this contact form.

Thanks, and looking forward to 2018!

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December 26, 2017 at 11:47 am

Net Neutrality Follow Up: Radio Islam Appearance

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As a follow up to last week’s Net Neutrality post and my recent post on Ajit Pai, here is the recent conversation I had on Radio Islam on WCEV 1450 AM. Enjoy!

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December 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm

Ajit Pai: The Grinch Who Stole Net Neutrality

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(Note – as a follow up to yesterday’s item, my appearance on Radio Islam on WCEV 1450 AM will be on Tuesday, December 19th, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm CST. Available via radio or streaming. And now, Ajit Pai and Net Neutrality…)

When Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and two of his colleagues voted to end net neutrality, it wasn’t just a strike against digital access…but also a move to stifle free speech.

And for that, Mr. Pai, you are a total Grinch who deserves every bit of criticism. Every bit.

The idea behind “net neutrality” is simply this: the internet is seen as “neutral.” Anyone can access it, provide information, create content…and that internet service providers (ISPs) had limits on their activities. This assured competition of ideas – and the marketplace – and allowed for innovation. 307694

But just like the Grinch stealing Christmas gifts in Whoville, Ajit Pai and his associates forced this decision through despite the will of the American people (83% of Americans favor net neutrality, and FCC members are appointed not elected), their own party (75% of Republicans are in favor of net neutrality, and the opposing view of Net Neutrality has just been debunked by the Inspector General’s office). And of course, Ajit Pai’s behavior – ranging from claiming to be a “Verizon puppet” to drinking out of a ridiculously large Reese’s mug – has not endeared him to anyone.

Of course, there will be the obvious argument that this will result in two “lanes” of the internet: one lane for consumers and a “faster” lane for businesses. Innovation will cease because small businesses will be forced to pay exorbitant fees to access the internet, but the reality is that the damage…will be far worse.programs for low-income residents and removing the requirement for broadcasters to have local affiliates. Rather than provide “competition”, Ajit Pai is creating an oligarchy of information control…and if this is the free speech fight of our generation, then Ajit Pai released the opening salvo against Net Neutrality.

Already, the FCC is scaling back broadband access for low -income Americans. The FCC is also removing the requirement that broadcasters have local affiliates. In short, Ajit Pai and his colleagues who voted to end net neutrality have shot the opening salvo in what is being called the free speech fight of our generation.

ajitpai01Digital access has become part of our social, civic, and economic infrastructure, and this move only serves to deny non-mainstream voices. Given the lack of empathy and sheer contempt that Ajit Pai is showing the greater community, he has made it clear that although he talks about “light-touch regulation,” Ajit Pai wields the heavy hand of fascism.

But in the spirit of the holiday, there are a few things that give me hope. Even if Ajit Pai never changes his mind, Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass) has introduced efforts to maintain net neutrality via the Congressional Review Act. Several state Attorney Generals (including Illinois) will be suing the FCC to keep Net Neutrality (California is also introducing legislation mandating net neutrality for internet service providers doing business in that state. Various communities are banding together to fight Ajit Pai and his efforts…

…and that brings me joy. Because I have no hope that Ajit Pai will have experience his heart growing three sizes larger.

In fact, at the risk of being a Grinch myself, I hope he has a very unhappy holiday….after all, he brought it all on himself.

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December 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm

MEDIA ALERT: Monday Discussion of Net Neutrality on Radio Islam

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C Now - microphoneWith the recent FCC decision to repeal Net Neutrality, conversation and advocacy are becoming more intense…and I have been invited to join the conversation.

I will be a guest on Radio Islam this Monday, December 18th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm to discuss Net Neutrality. (You can either tune in live or catch it streaming via the WCEV web site). If this episode is archived (either in streaming or podcast form), I will be sure to add the link to this post.

I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, and look forward to discussing Net Neutrality….because now, the work really begins.

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December 15, 2017 at 7:59 am

Fight for Net Neutrality – Now!

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Net neutrality isn’t just a good idea – it’s the very concept that keeps us connected.

When the current head of the FCC jokes about being a “puppet” chair while threatening to revoke prior protections, he’s not just being unprofessional – he’s showing contempt for the free expression of ideas and digital access for everyone.

The next forty-eight hours are critical…but here’s what you can do.

First, call your legislators – visit battleforthenet.com and you will receive a script and an auto-dialer. If you get a filled inbox, keep calling. When I called, I spoke with my representatives (Rush, Lipinski) and senators (Durbin,
Duckworth) and mixed results outside the state…but I called. As you should, too.

Tuesday, December 12th, there will be a massive protest called Break The Internet. People are being asked to flood their social media streams (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) with messaging. Clicking on the Break the Internet link will take you to a page where you can sign up and get all sorts of pre-written Tweets, Facebook posts, etc.

Because this isn’t just about paying for the Internet…it’s about ensuring that everyone has equal access to the net. It ensures that the greater community doesn’t have to “pay to play” online.

Last Thursday saw a series of protests at Verizon stores…in the next 48 hours, let’s bring the protest to the Internet itself and make ourselves heard.

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December 11, 2017 at 5:36 pm