One voice in a million

I am completely obsessed with Natasha Bedingfield’s newest song, “Strip Me.” So, when I was looking for some inspiration for a blog post I decided to go with it.

I first heard it on the trailer for the upcoming movie Morning Glory about a morning news show (also very excited for that movie).

This song is like a parade for the First Amendment, and as a journalist you have to love that. There are not a lot of things I believe in more than the First Amendment and it’s so true: even one vote and one voice can always make a difference.

Especially these days when it seems like everyone is going above and beyond to make sure that their voice is heard. Things like Twitter, blogs and Flickr give people a creative outlet to practically scream their thoughts out regardless of whether anyone is listening.

There has been a lot of media talk lately about Google, Verizon and net neutrality, so I thought I would weigh in.

As any good journalist will tell you, net neutrality is SO important, especially now that our society has grown around it as it developed. Sen. Al Franken said that it is the most important First Amendment issue of our time (I’m not saying I like everything he says – just this).

And as always, Huffington Post has provided me with a nifty graphic to explain just how important net neutrality is.

There is not much that we (the little people) can do to stop dealings, but we can write to the companies and to the FCC speaking out against it. A good place to start is at Save the Internet.

Over 300,000 people signed the petition against the Google/Verizon deal within just a few days – we can do better than that. Because if there’s one thing that the internet has taught the world, it’s that one voice can matter.

Just look at these examples: The Drudge Report, a small one-man news site, was the first to break the Lewinsky scandal in 1998. In 2003, the internet played a central role in research that led scientists to the discovery of SARS. Private citizens with cameras and pens were the first to bring news from the scene of the Asian tsunami in 2005. Thousands of people (maybe more) have met their match using online dating. Wesley and I probably would not be dating right now if it weren’t for Facebook.

The end of net neutrality could mean the end of small-time sites having a reasonable chance to succeed. And that is not good.

[Btw – I can’t wait to see how many hits I get on this blog post since it includes the lewd “strip me” in the first sentence. *Sigh* Well, maybe people will keep reading and actually learning something about current events.]

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