Wednesday, November 07, 2007

YouTube has SavetheInternet short on network neutrality; important for blogger entrepreneurs


There is a four-minute film “Save the Internet” on YouTube, in animation, made by SavetheInternet.com. Celebrities such as Bill Moyers appear. The film does make the point that the Internet has allowed “the smallest person to reach every other person in the world” (that includes me!) and the film claims that this capability could be lost if telecommunications providers were allowed differential pricing for access to their hardware. The link is here.

YouTube also has videos of Ted Kennedy and Senator John Edwards speaking about the issue.

It would have been nice to include a film like this (maybe longer and a little stronger in details) in a documentary film festival or shorts festival, such as discussed on my movies blogs.

There is also a "Blogger Buzz" story today that individual blogs have been good in raising money for education and charity. The story is “DonorsChoose and Your Blog” here. So, when you combine this with the network neutrality debate, the implication is that individuals can be as important voices in fund raising as established “K Street” style organizations.

Network Neutrality presumably helps some individual entrepreneurs earn a living on the net.

The potential "power" of individual blogs was discussed on a report tonight (Nov. 7, 2007) on NBC4 in Washington in a report by Manuel Almaguer. He discussed Heather Armstrong, famouse for her Dooce site, and Jacob Greer, who makes some money writing for three sites (they showed his blog "Smell the Coffee") on practical matters.

AOL’s Weblogs Inc. was also presented on the show. That site has a panel to apply to blog for one of about 90 networked sites. Marty Moe was interviewed, and there is a 2006 "Red Herring: The Business of Technology" news story about him “AOL Adds Financial Blogs” here, Presumably, the applicant would need to be a subject matter expert in one of the areas presented by one of the sites. But again, all of this shows the democratization of the Internet and is underneath the network neutrality debate.

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