If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!
via Battle For The Net.
It’s a common scenario: I meet someone new at a party and we get to talking about our work. “I’m an opera singer,” I say. “I recently finished my masters degree in vocal performance and am doing the audition and competition rounds, trying to break into the business.”
Without fail, one of the following statements will be made:
-“Wow! So are you going to be on American Idol?”
-“The Phantom of the Opera is my favorite!”
-“Have you heard of the amazing 14-year-old opera singer, Jackie Evancho?”
At this point, I decide whether I want to spend the next 20 minutes explaining why these statements are all non-sequiturs, or simply smile and say “sure!” because I don’t want to be a snob. Opera remains so steadfastly isolated from mainstream media that it’s hard to blame anyone for not knowing that a) American Idol is not a competition for…
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