[Film Review] ‘The Circle’: An Unrealistic Portrayal of Real Problems

April 29, 2017 | Filed Under Cernan Cabriesy, Computers, Entertainment, Hollywood, Inernet, Movies, Net Neutrality, New Media, Technology | Comments Off on

[Film Review] ‘The Circle’: An Unrealistic Portrayal of Real Problems

-By Cernan Cabriesy

Despite the star power of The Circle, the movie disappoints on so many levels. The story follows Mae Holland (Emma Watson) who gets the opportunity of a lifetime for a dream job at a massive internet company called The Circle — which resembles Facebook on steroids — collecting every piece of data the world has to offer, making it available for every user. Whatever data the company can’t collect from other sources, it collects on its own by distributing millions of tiny satellite cameras to users across the globe to be placed everywhere.

The movie explores many of the ethical questions regarding personal privacy, business occultism, and the ability of major corporations to aid society by catching “bad guys” on the one hand, while destroying the lives of innocent individuals on the other.

Perhaps it explorers too many of those ethical questions at once. So many, in fact, that the movie is unsuccessful at resolving any of them. Just as Mae decides to become “transparent,” as it is called in the film, by wearing a camera all the time and allowing the company to record her every move, conversation, and action, likewise this character’s arc becomes so transparent that any less-than-astute observer will be able to figure out the climactic twist before it happens.

The only lesson we are left with at the end is that the invasion of oir privacy will continue to get worse, there is no one to stop it, and there will always be someone at the top holding the keys, so they had better be “ethical,” whatever that means.

Every character in this film is gray. There are no real villains, there are no real heroes. All of the other high-powered stars like Tom Hanks and John Boyega could have easily been replaced by unknown actors.

Worst of all is that liberal Hollywood gets lost in this spider web by apparently deciding to trivialize the most serious of ethical issues our future faces, mostly by turning privacy on its head and making it the villain. It’s one thing to take down the CEO of a company who makes everyone else’s life transparent except his own. By doing so Hollywood still gets to “Stick it to the Man.” That’s right out of their playbook. But they get completely lost in all of the other issues and problems addressed throughout the film. I am guessing this is the case because most liberals are ethically stunted to begin with.

Perhaps we will have to wait for some indie filmmaker to tackle the real issues properly before we get a good film out of these topics.

[Editor’s note: Looks like Hanks’ The Circle is doing poorly at the box office, too. Tom Hanks’ latest movie is his biggest bomb EVER, lowest opening box office in his career.]

Are Tech Writers Full of Crap?

March 30, 2015 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Inernet, Liberals, New Media, Smart Phones, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Are Tech Writers Full of Crap?

-By Warner Todd Huston

I have been seeing more and more reports that writers, reviewers and bloggers are by and large useless where it comes to real news about the tech industry and this failed reporting on the iPhone ap Meerkat is a perfect example.

Tero Kuittinen has a great synopsis on how the tech media reported on the Meerkat streaming media iPhone ap touting it as the next big thing in social media despite that the ap never once got into the top 100 for sales of iPhone aps.

Kuittinen points out that the reportage on Meerkat was a feeding frenzy with one tech writer feeding off another quite despite the fact that the very phone ap they were over the moon about was never the smash hit they were claiming it was.

But even as Meerkat was announcing a $14 million cash infusion by investors, a rial ap debuted that buried Meerkat instantly.
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Google VP Publicly Flogs Own Company for Lack of Diversity

June 3, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Ethics, Google, Inernet, Jobs, Liberals, New Media, Progressives, Public School, San Francisco, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Google VP Publicly Flogs Own Company for Lack of Diversity

-By Warner Todd Huston

Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations, has publicly spoken out about the “lack of diversity” among Google employees. Despite Google’s far left-wing company culture, he is apologetic and wants users to know that there are reasons that Google isn’t “diverse” enough.

The reliably left-wing Google has for years tried to hide its astonishing lack of diversity from public view, but has apparently decided to come clean.

In a May 28 Google blog post Bock finally made to lift the veil of secrecy in which Google had enshrouded its employment statistics and revealed that the company is mostly white and mostly male.
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Journalist’s Twitter Fight Club

June 15, 2013 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New Media, Progressives, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Journalist’s Twitter Fight Club

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you are a Twitter user you know without question that the social media service often becomes little else but a massive fight club with lots of name calling and foul language and a survey of the Twitter accounts of some well-known journalists and media types shows that they are just as prone to the fight club mentality as everyone else.

Fishbowl DC put together an amusing survey of the Twitter feeds of ten journalists and warns that they are “10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter.”

Included on the list are two Breitbart scrappers, John Nolte and Matthew Boyle. But also appearing are The Washington Post’s Jenifer Rubin, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, Politico’s Glenn Thrush, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and several others.

The back and forth is hot and heavy with Commentary’s John Podhoretz calling “total horseshit” on Ben Smith from BuzzFeed, Wonkette publisher Rebecca Schoenkopf calling Red State’s Eric Erickson a “pussy,” CNN’s Jake Tapper essentially calling someone a liar, Breitbart’s Boyle slamming Ashley Judd for her bad grammar… it’s a veritable playground rumble out there.

The fur is flying on a daily basis and if you follow many of the nation’s top writers and media personalities you’ll see. As Fishbowl DC warns, “if you take some of them on, you [sic] doing so at your own risk.”

Now time to go slag Fishbowl DC for its bad grammar…. Boyle, you up for this?
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Dem. Senator Durbin Not Sure if Bloggers Deserve Constitutional Protection

May 29, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Blogging, Computers, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Dick Durbin, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Illinois, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Liberty, Media Bias, New Media, President, Progressives, Senate, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Dem. Senator Durbin Not Sure if Bloggers Deserve Constitutional Protection

-By Warner Todd Huston

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, senior Illinois Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, expressed his doubt as to whether bloggers deserved Constitutional protection for their work online.

On the May 26 broadcast of the Sunday show, Durbin told host Chris Wallace that he wasn’t sure if bloggers or “someone who is Tweeting” should be given protections under a media shield law.

Durbin noted that he was not prepared to ask for a special counsel to investigate Eric Holder and his snooping on the business and personal phone calls of nearly 100 reporters of the Associated Press, but he went further to question just who a media shield law would cover.

But here is the bottom line–the media shield law, which I am prepared to support, and I know Sen. Graham supports, still leaves an unanswered question, which I have raised many times: What is a journalist today in 2013? We know it’s someone that works for Fox or AP, but does it include a blogger? Does it include someone who is tweeting? Are these people journalists and entitled to constitutional protection? We need to ask 21st century questions about a provision in our Constitution that was written over 200 years ago.

Durbin did not go on to attempt to clarify what those limits should be.

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Yahoo to Buy Tumblr for $1.1 Billion

May 20, 2013 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Computers, Inernet, New Media, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Yahoo to Buy Tumblr for $1.1 Billion

-By Warner Todd Huston

Yahoo, Inc. has announced that it has cleared the way to purchase the social website Tumblr for a cool $1.1 billion.

The Yahoo board approved the deal in a conference call on May 17, but by Sunday, it wasn’t clear whether Tumblr had accepted the offer. Yahoo reports that it will hold a press conference as soon as Monday to make an announcement on the matter.

Tumblr, a social media site that combined blogging with a sharable, crowd sourced platform, was founded by David Karp and Marco Arment in 2007 and built a quick following.

Already many Tumblr users are lamenting the decision to sell out to Yahoo. On May 19, the website Mashable posted a piece about the “upheaval over Yahoo’s rumored Tumblr acquisition” revealing some users disgust at Tumblr for selling out to the corporate giant.
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Study: Most Social Media Users Into Politics

October 23, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Computers, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Facebook, Google, Inernet, New Media, Republicans, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Study: Most Social Media Users Into Politics

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that two thirds of social media users are also active in politics.

The study found that 66 percent of adult social media users (which is 39 percent of all U.S. adults) had promoted political or socio-political issues and one third used their social media to post their own opinions and to share content about political matters.

35 percent used their social media to urge others to vote and 28 percent have used tools to to post links to stories or articles on politics. Pew found that the conservative and liberal social media users were most apt to do the latter.
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Morely Safer is ‘Appalled’ By New Media

October 10, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, CBS, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New Media, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last month, broadcast TV lifer Morely Safer of CBS’s 60 Minutes fame appeared on CSPAN and pronounced himself “appalled” by the denizens of the new media.

Citizen journalists aren’t trained well enough to be trusted as a source of news, Safer declared to CSPAN’s Brian Lamb on Sept. 13.

In fact, he’s downright “appalled” by the whole idea of Internet journalism and seems to wish it would all just go away. We need to leave the “reporting” to him and his professional class of “real” journalists, Safer sonorously declared.

The question about citizen journalism was put to Safer after host Lamb showed the aged newsman a clip of former Daily Caller correspondent Michelle Fields. On the clip, Fields was seen celebrating the advent of the new media.

Safer, a Canadian, admitted that he “sounds like a Neanderthal” with his hatred of citizen journalism — which, he said, he’d trust as much as he’d trust “a citizen surgeon” — nonetheless he rejects the idea that mere citizens can be a legitimate source of news reporting.
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Facebook Breaks One Billion Users

October 6, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Economy/Finances, Facebook, Inernet, New Media, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Facebook Breaks One Billion Users

-By Warner Todd Huston

On October 4, Facebook announced the milestone of reaching one billion users worldwide, a major example of how social media has changed the way humanity interacts in an increasingly tech heavy world.

In an interview on NBC’s Today show, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg proclaimed his amazement on the achievement. It’s “just unbelievable,” said Zuckerberg.

Facebook and other social media outlets have changed the way we interact, indeed.
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Paul Ryan: Most Talked About Pol on Facebook

August 16, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, CNN, Computers, Conservatives, Elections, Facebook, GOP, Government, Inernet, Journalism, Media, Mitt Romney, New Media, Paul Ryan, President, Republicans, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Paul Ryan: Most Talked About Pol on Facebook

-By Warner Todd Huston

CNN reported this week that Rep. Paul Ryan has become the king of Facebook by knocking President Obama off “the most talked about” list of US politicians.

CNN recently entered into a partnership with Facebook to track things political on the social sharing network and according to the new “Facebook-CNN Election Talk Meter,” in the 54 hours after presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney introduced Rep. Paul Ryan as his choice for the vice presidency, Paul Ryan became the star of social media.

Facebook-CNN talk meter scores

  1. Rep. Paul Ryan 5.21
  2. President Barack Obama 4.84
  3. Vice President Joe Biden 4.01
  4. Gov. Mitt Romney 3.74

In fact, Ryan became such a hot topic on social media that he almost matched Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps on the Talk Meter and that is pretty impressive considering how badly politics typically shows up on Internet “top” lists compared to pop culture and sports. As CNN measured it, in the days after he won all his most recent Olympic medals Phelps rated a 6.51 to Ryan’s 5.21 on the 1-10 scale.
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Right Online 2012: Hoft’s Great Rant, Old Media vs New

June 16, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Democrats/Leftists, Inernet, Journalism, Las Vegas, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Nevada, New Media, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Duane Lester of All American Blogger caught some video of a great rant by Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit delivered at one of the breakout panels at Right Online 2012.

Go get ’em Jim…

He’s exactly right, too. before the New Media finally came about there was practically no way to get the truth.

Remember, we are all Breitbart, now.
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Politico Gives Team Obama Pass on Its Twitter-tastrophies

June 12, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Blogging, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Government, Inernet, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New Media, Politico, President, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Politico Gives Team Obama Pass on Its Twitter-tastrophies

-By Warner Todd Huston

[Note: A shorter version of this article appears on]

One cannot help but feel that Politico is once again giving cover to Barack Obama’s reelection campaign with its latest love letter of an article. This time Politico is sure that Obama is king of the Internet. But it seems that at least one Internet-based area has been a disaster for Obama of late: Twitter. Not that Politico mentions any of that, of course.

Politico’s piece lauds Obama’s data advantage, sure that the President’s highly paid “techies” housed on the sixth floor of his Chicago HQ are sweeping away all before them on the Internet. In fact, Politico is so impressed with Obama’s “techie” effort that they proclaimed that this year’s organization makes the 2008 campaign’s “look like cavemen with stone tablets.”

That’s pretty definitive, isn’t it?
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Google’s Poor & Defiant Settlement Record

May 15, 2012 | Filed Under Dr. Don Boys, Google, Inernet, New Media, Scott Cleland, Technology, Twitter | Comments Off on

Google’s Poor & Defiant Settlement Record

-By Scott Cleland

Google’s poor and defiant track record in respecting government agreements and settlements is likely one of the reasons the FTC hired an undefeated former Federal prosecutor and litigator to lead their Google antitrust probe and potential litigation against Google. The EU and the FTC are naturally exceptionally skeptical about negotiating an antitrust settlement with Google, given the substantial evidence that shows Google is consistently less-than-trustworthy in abiding by its agreements with Governments.

Specifically, the evidence shows that Google has not abided by either of its privacy agreements with the FTC concerning Street-View WiSpy or Google-Buzz, nor has Google fully-abided by its criminal Non-Prosecution-Agreement with the DOJ concerning its advertising of illegal prescription drug imports. In addition, Google attempted to broadly game the justice system in negotiating a Google Book Settlement that would have rewarded it with a partial monopoly for its mass copyright infringement.
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‘Leaf’ Vision & Broadband Usage Caps

May 10, 2012 | Filed Under Blogging, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Crony Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Inernet, Jobs, Net Neutrality, New Media, Scott Cleland, Technology | Comments Off on

‘Leaf’ Vision & Broadband Usage Caps

-By Scott Cleland

Near hysterical opponents of broadband data usage caps need to breathe slowly, drop their magnifying glass, look up and take in the big world all around them. They are not just missing the forest for the trees, they are missing the leaves, stems, branches, trees, forest and sky, because they can’t take their magnifying glass off of the leaf with which they are myopically obsessed.

Broadband data usage caps are a very small, normal, and essential part of a healthy and economically-sustainable Internet ecosystem. Pricing is the central mechanism for any marketplace to balance supply and demand and to create economic incentives and disincentives for behavior that can drive costs. There is nothing wrong with pricing caps, tiers, and other pricing mechanisms that are used to manage networks, avoid network congestion, achieve a return on investment, manage a business model, differentiate a business, and/or earn a profit.

Does an average consumer get indignant when an all-you-can-eat buffet limits them from: piling food on a tray and not a plate; sharing their food with someone who hasn’t paid; or putting it in a bag to take home? No. Does an average consumer expect to be able to run their AC at max 24-7 during a heat wave when the system is at peak usage? No. Does an average consumer imagine that they can pay a flat rate for water, electricity, or gasoline, and then consume it without any usage limit or extra payment for high-usage? No. Most all American consumers understand the most basic economic principle, that if one uses more of a good or a service, one can expect to pay more for it. Only the small but very vocal group of Internet commons radicals that are currently indignant over broadband data usage caps imagine that broadband communications should somehow be a public unlimited free good.
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Google’s PR Strategy in Advance of the EU’s Monopoly Charges — A Satire

May 3, 2012 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Computers, Crony Capitalism, Google, Inernet, New Media, Scott Cleland, Technology | Comments Off on

Google’s PR Strategy in Advance of the EU’s Monopoly Charges — A Satire

-By Scott Cleland

Confidential Memorandum:

To: All 11,342 Google PR/Spokespeople

From: Brandi Sparkles, Google PR Chief & Googlerati Whisperer

Subject: PR Statement/Strategy in Advance of EU’s Monopoly Charges

We expect the European Union’s antitrust authority to issue a Statement of Objections against Google shortly, which will charge Google with being a monopoly that anti-competitively ranks its own content #1 while ranking its competitors’ content where few will find them.

So you can help rally the Googlerati in the media to Google’s side and organize a chorus of Google adoration among the masses to make this problem blow over, we are sharing an advance copy of our public statement for public dissemination and also a copy of our confidential PR strategy for this event, so you can be in the know. But remember, this PR strategy is not for public distribution.
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TeaCon 2011, The Blogger’s Who’s Who

October 1, 2011 | Filed Under Blogging, Illinois, Inernet, New Media, Tea Party, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

TeaCon 2011, The Blogger’s Who’s Who

-By Warner Todd Huston

And now for a little name dropping. Some of the more well-known conservatives bloggers are here this weekend chief among them Ed Morrissey famed blogger. Then there is Jim Hoft from; Jeremy Segal of; Andrew Marcus of; Dana Loesch; Adam Sharp of; John Ruberry of And I won’t mention me… because… well… you’re reading my post! Oh, and I almost forgot, the famed Iowahawk was there, too.

Hoft, Segal, Sharp, and Marcus were also on a new media panel. The key phrase of how we conservatives can get coverage of our issues was “show up.” Go. Be at. Do. Don’t sit at home. Get out and about and attend these political meetings, appearances of your congressmen, public events, even protests. Just get out there and cover it.

The New Media panel led by Eric Kohn

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Twitter Screws Me For The GOP Debate

September 12, 2011 | Filed Under Elections, Google, GOP, Government, Inernet, New Media, Republicans, Technology, Twitter, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Twitter Screws Me For The GOP Debate

Well, I don’t know about you, but I never knew that Twitter shut people down if they make a bunch of Tweets in a row! I just found that out tonight. I was half way through the Live Tweeting the GOP debate and Twitter shut me down telling me that I went over the Twitter limit!

So, tonight the initials of my name really do mean What The Heck?

Yours, Warner Todd Huston

Don’t Film Me Bro: Getting Arrested for Filming People in Public Places

July 2, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Censorship, Computers, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Inernet, Liberals, Liberty, Media, New Media, Police, Privacy, Regulation, Society/Culture, Technology, The Law, Warner Todd Huston, YouTube | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The law has not caught up with cell phone cameras, Flip Cameras, compact video cameras, and the electronic age. Two stories being reported last weekend prove out how the ubiquity of video capture devices are often a gray area in the law.

In one case a woman in Rochester, New York, pulled out her video camera to record the actions of a local policeman as he arrested a neighbor. As it happens, this woman was standing on her own front lawn, no where near the policeman who was going about his duties, yet this cop got incensed and arrested her anyway. He claimed she was guilty of obstruction of justice.

How this woman’s actions was interfering with the police officer is impossible to figure, but she was detained nonetheless.
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Big Brother Bubba’s Ministry of Internet Facts

May 18, 2011 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Bill Clinton, Blogging, Censorship, Civil Rights, Computers, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Federalism, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Inernet, Journalism, Law, Liberals, Liberty, Media, Media Bias, Nanny State, Net Neutrality, New Media, PCism, Privacy, Regulation, Society/Culture, Technology, The Law, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Bill Clinton wants the government to “correct” what you say on the Internet, folks. Should the government listen to the former panderer-in-chief, we’ll go from Big Brother to Big Bubba on the ol’ Internet tubes.

Bubba is not happy with what he claims is the “misinformation” on the Internet and he wants the force of government to stop it all. Politico is reporting that Clinton makes the proposal in an upcoming CNBC interview saying, “It would be a legitimate thing to do.”

No, Bubba, it would not.
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Net Neutrality Supporters Admit, They Want Property Rights Eliminated

October 27, 2010 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Blogging, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Computers, Congress, Copyright, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, FCC, Free Trade, Freedom, Government, Inernet, Law, Liberals, Net Neutrality, New Media, Property Rights, Regulation, Society/Culture, Technology, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off on

Net Neutrality Supporters Admit, They Want Property Rights Eliminated

-By Warner Todd Huston

Oh, Net Neutrality sure sounds like a great idea. Why, Net Neutrality supporters only want what’s best for “the people,” right? They only want the Internet to be a playground for all, free of the influence of evil corporations, and they want fees to be reasonable for the lowly masses, right? Turns out, not so much. Fair pricing and open access is the least of what Net Neutrality supporters really care about.

The latest wrinkle in the saga of Net Neutrality pretty much proves that Net Neutrality supporters really don’t care much about a free and open Internet as formulated in most people’s minds, nor do they care if corporations offer the Internet in a “fair” manner. No, what Net Neutrality supporters want is the end of ownership of intellectual property. What they really think is that anything that appears on the Internet should be wholly free of any capitalist ends whatever. That includes anything you create, by the way. They aren’t just against those evil corporations. They are against anyone making money on the Internet. That means you too.
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Net Neutrality Update

September 21, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, FCC, Free Trade, Google, Government, Liberals, Net Neutrality, New Media, Taxes, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Net Neutrality Update

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you are as worried as I am about the left’s effort to force ever larger amounts of big government onto our lives, then you should be looking into the issue of Net Neutrality. To that end a few times a week I’ll be posting some links and info about Net Neutrality to help you all get your feet wet on this important issue.

Here are just a few of the latest articles on Net Neutrality for your information:

The FCC Again Resumes its Unauthorized Internet Agenda
The Washington Examiner, By Seton Motley

The estimable John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable reports: The (Federal Communications Commission-FCC) is issuing a public notice to “improve the FCC’s understanding of business broadband needs,” calling it the “next step” advancing the FCC’s small business broadband agenda.

Only one problem with this FCC assertion. They’re not supposed to have a small business broadband agenda. Or a broadband agenda. Or any sort of Internet agenda at all.
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Net Neutrality Update

September 16, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Computers, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, FCC, Inernet, Net Neutrality, New Media, Taxes, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Net Neutrality Update

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you are as worried as I am about the left’s effort to force ever larger amounts of big government onto our lives, then you should be looking into the issue of Net Neutrality. To that end a few times a week I’ll be posting some links and info about Net Neutrality to help you all get your feet wet on this important issue.

Here are just a few of the latest articles on Net Neutrality for your information:

Internet Engineering Task Force Says ‘AT&T Is Misleading’ on Net Neutrality
Free Press by Staff

WASHINGTON — AT&T filed a letter last week with the Federal Communications Commission claiming its plans for “paid prioritization” arrangements were supported by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the international body that develops and promotes Internet standards. In its letter, which attempted to conflate AT&T’s anti-consumer plans with accepted business-class network management practices, the company stated that paid prioritization “was fully contemplated by the IETF.”

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BlogCon 2010

September 10, 2010 | Filed Under Blogging, Freedom Works, Inernet, New Media, Technology, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Pictured (left to right)= Robert Stacy McCain (The Other McCain), Joe Schoffstall (Media Research Center Employee), Cheryl Karounos Prater (PraterPost), Warner Todd Huston (PubliusForum), Stephen Green (VodkaPundit)

I am here at Blogcon 2010 at the Sheraton Crystal City in the environs of Washington D.C. The event is being sponsored by Freedom Works and spearheaded by the indefatigable Tabitha Hale.

This is the first time that I know of that some of the biggest names in center-right blogging have gotten together to mingle and meet. (With no attempt to be an extensive list and in no particular order) We have Stephen Kruiser, GatewayPundit’s Jim Hoft, Lee Doren, Mary Katherine Ham, Melissa Clouthier, John Hawkins, Matt Lewis, Jason Mattera, Steve Green, Scott Ott of Scrappleface…too many to name, really.
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Bloggericide: Ohio Officials Charge Blogger With Campaign Violations

August 6, 2010 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Blogging, Computers, Constitution, Crime, Free Speech, Freedom, Government, Inernet, Law, New Media, Ohio, Regulation, Technology, The Law, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, folks, this is bound to happen more and more as time rolls onward in this New Media world of ours. A blogger is in trouble with local Ohio officials who are trying to Shut him down using a badly applied campaign finance law all because he has been critical of county officials on his blog. That’s right, a county board is trying to silence the free political speech of a local Ohio blogger because he is critical of them.

The Geauga County Board of Elections has filed charges against the owner of the Geauga Constitutional Council blog, independent blogger Ed Corsi. The Board claims that Corsi’s pseudonymously published blog violates O.R.C. 3517.20(A)(2), a code meant to assure that political campaign publications, signs, and handouts have their source transparently identified.

The reason the Board is going after Corsi is because he publishes on his blog critical assessments and lists of local officials that he calls “R.I.N.O.S.” Board officials feel that because he does not affix his name to his blog posts he is violating the transparency rules.
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Sam Adams, Andrew Breitbart, and Me: The Third Annual Sammies Awards, a Report

April 17, 2010 | Filed Under 9/11, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-War, Blogging, Budget, Chicago, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Inernet, Liberals, New Media, President, Republicans, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Tea Party, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Sam Adams Alliance, a free-market think tank that specializes in encouraging new media, held its third annual Sammies awards in beautiful downtown Chicago last Friday, April 16. This year the event hosted a visit by the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund and featured a keynote address by media maven Andrew Breitbart. And somewhere in the back of the room was little old me, your humble correspondent, there to report on the events of the night.

The Sammies are given to outstanding bloggers, community activists and purveyors of traditional American freedoms all of whom come from humble beginnings. Whether a frustrated mom, a put-upon property owner, or a school teacher that started a blog that ended up holding governments to account, the Sammies awards are intended to encourage citizen journalism, citizen activism, and organizing to affect our governments.

The Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the Public Library

This year’s event was held in the Chicago Cultural Center, formerly the building that housed the Chicago Public Library. The diner was beautifully laid out right under the famous stained glass dome created for the building by Tiffany’s of New York in 1897. We gathered beneath this great glass dome that is the spectacular feature of the Preston Bradley Hall of the Cultural Center.
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Obama’s Internet Supporters Are All Pot Heads and Poker Addicts

October 1, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Inernet, Liberals, New Media, President, Society/Culture, Technology, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on

Obama’s Internet Supporters Are All Pot Heads and Poker Addicts

-By Warner Todd Huston

You know, we all love the Internet. Heck, I make a good portion of my living on Al Gore’s most famous invention so it gets a big thumbs up from me, for sure. But we have to admit that there are an awful lot of goofballs on these Internet tubes. In some ways, the whole venue isn’t quite ready from prime time, if you will.

Let’s take Obama’s Internet experience, for instance. His giant email list and heavily active campaign website was touted as the new way to affect politics. Obama’s site was crowned as the new mover and shaker of Washington. During the end stages of the campaign millions of people streamed to his site every day, polls were taken, ideas shared, “meet-ups” planned and executed, and a massive voter drive all successfully added to Obama’s big November win. And once he took the White House it was assumed that Obama would take this Internet army to new heights of political activism. So, what has happened since Obama took residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue…

About nuthin’ at all.
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