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Unprecedented Mediocrity is Schrodinger’s Cat in the Post-Net Neutrality World

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There are three groups of people who will have no idea what that title means. First are those who have never heard of Unprecedented Mediocrity. To those I explain that it is a semi-veteran blog with bad grammar and an unhealthy fascination with Bea Arthur’s panties. The next group are those who have never heard of Schrodinger’s Cat. To those I encourage you to Google it, but I will do my best. It is a theoretical hypothesis mocking another. Basically they were these dudes who really liked to chew Copenhagen who said until a subatomic event is observed it exits in two states. Did a particle decay or did it not? The dip loving guys said it’s both until someone observes what actually happened. Schrodinger used the same premise with a cat to mock them. He said if you lock a cat in a box in a deadly SAW movie like scenario, then the cat must be both dead and alive at the same time till someone looks in the box. Only then does a definitive state take place according to the Copenhagen lovers. Again, Google it as I am sure I missed a point. Finally are those who have no idea what net neutrality is or does. To those, well, that’s going to take a little longer. Yet, I’m here to tell you that if you really want to understand net neutrality just follow blog. Because in the-post net neutrality era I am Schrodinger’s Cat. I am both dead and alive as of today and perhaps only through observation will small guys like me even know.

What’s in the Box?

It’s likely I’m going to explain the nuance of net neutrality as well as I explained Schrodinger’s Cat, but stick with me here. Net neutrality is the premise that Internet Service Providers must supply all the information that goes through it at the same speed. So barring quality in website and tech stuff on my side, you will get your Unprecedented Mediocrity articles at the same speed as your Fox News, CNN or even Netflix episode of Golden Girls. The thought behind it is to keep the information flowing freely and let the citizen decide which information it accesses because that’s important to Democracy.

The thought behind repealing net neutrality is that these ISPs are private companies and they can decide how to maximize profit like any private company. They say it will encourage innovation and investment. So they can charge Youtube more for faster speeds and slow down your Unprecedented Mediocrity articles if I don’t. Sure you can still access my blog, but if comes at the speed of 1990’s internet porn, let’s face it I’m just not gonna get you there in time. Either way, the choice lays with the ISP. The real question that 99% of us don’t know, but are ranting about is, “What’s in the box?”

You know the scene from the Brad Pitt movie Seven where he is chilling with Morgan Freeman in the desert just doing some desert stuff. Then they drop off a box where someone insinuates it might be someone he loves and voila, Brad PItts’ wife’s head become Schrodinger’s Cat. PItt has no idea what is in the box and according to the Copenhagen fellas his wife at that moment is both alive and dead. It is only when the box is opened that a real state exists. It’s the same with net neutrality. Only a few people truly know and 95% of the country is screaming “What’s in the Box” right now.

I am Schrodinger’s Cat

Fast forward to today and I am Schrodinger’s Cat. I honestly don’t know whether free information not rooted in deep money is dead or alive. But given that I am free information not rooted in deep money, that is basically this blog and every source of information unable to financially compete with the big guys. I could tell you that 2 plus 2 is four and if big media and Bill Gates want to convince you that 2 plus 2 is 5 I’m going to have a hard time convincing you if the worst of net neutrality comes true. If it’s all just a scary myth, then 2 plus 2 will still equal 4 for all and I will still not understand how to properly use the oxford comma and who or whom. Either way, just watch this blog to find out.

It’s not really about the big guys or Amazon versus Netflix and who pays what to me. Personally, I don’t care which people richer than me stay richer or how rich they get. I do care about speech and the free flow of information. In the modern day and age, it is water and he who controls it controls the future. Needless to say, I am skeptical about a post net-neutrality world but I have to be honest and admit I have no idea whether I am dead or alive. I do know that it is out of my hands at this point. Sure, net neutrality was just enacted in 2015 but many would argue because ISPs began to change the system that gave us unprecedented freedom of information in the 90’s and 2000’s.

So you can follow this blog and see. If you can find it years to come at the same speed and with the same quality then perhaps all is well. However, if I look like streaming video from AOL online and Alex Jones streams like the salmon of Capistrano then you know we got an issue. Money has always bought access, but the internet for a time leveled the playing field. It was great for Democracy, information and the little guy. Will it be so in the future? Who knows, because after all guys like me are Schrodinger’s Cat.

In Conclusion

If you think the worst is not possible then I will just point to Facebook as an example. When I started this blog nearly all who followed it by their own choice could see the articles I typed. However, once Facebook made an algorithm change about a year or more ago only about 2% see it initially. Likes and shares help a lot, but ask any established site and the good old days of free information for the little guy on Facebook have long been over.

Facebook tells you that it’s because people want to see more cute cat videos and baby pics from your cousins. Yet, if you got the money to pay for add they will kick your cat under a lawnmower and shove your cousin’s baby under the couch to post your material. It’s the Christmas season so remember the prophet of Die Hard John McClain when he says it’s always about the money. Will it be so with ISPs and Net Neutrality concerning the free flow of information in America? I again refer you to St. Mclain patron Saint of Twinkies.

For me, the Facebook grab to throttle content AFTER they created a dependency via global domination saw me go from over 75,000 to 100,000 views a month down to 15,000 to 20,000 views a month. Doesn’t matter what big sites share my articles, that is the new norm. So what’s the new norm now that ISPs basically have that same power. They can slow and squeeze for money if they choose. I don’t have the money and neither does the average voice. But big money has the money and you may very well see only what money wants you to see in the future. Or not. I’m Schrodinger’s Cat people and this blog is either dead or alive this very moment. We simply have yet to find out what’s in the box. A perhaps redundant or final Bea Arthur’s panties salute to all you glorious people, but we will find out together.

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Jeff Edwards

2 Comments

  1. I’d like to point out that Net Neutrality did not prevent Failbook from throttling views of your page. Considering which personages and organizations are the most outraged about it’s repeal, i suggest that overall this will be a good thing.

  2. The first 14.20 minutes of this video https://youtu.be/8fFiXpGpyHQ from a UK Youtuber explains the whole thing very well without mentioning cats, boxes or Bea Arthurs panties. He’s a 22 year retired Royal Navy vet who’s now subsidising his Navy pension with his Youtube channel, which is predominantly about gaming. A comment he makes at about 13.50 resonates with me and I suspect, a significant amount of the rest of the Worlds population; ” Once again, the rest of the World is being held to ransom to the whims of an American Federal agency. I’m starting to get really sick of this.”

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