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I've enjoyed Current Affairs' take on it, an article titled "A Victory For Basic Standards Of Human Moral Conduct". But I think snoodog is basically right; this is a sign of how far the Republicans have fallen, but stupid Republicans make stupid Democrats.
If it were possible to get videos as tattoos, I'd have a hard time convincing myself not to get that one.
I'm having a hard time following the EFF's argument on the first point. They're saying that the FCC is wrong that "[e]nd users do not expect to receive (or pay for) two distinct services—both Internet access service and a distinct transmission service, for example." But this doesn't seem like an incorrect statement: I don't think consumers do expect to pay for these as separate services.
- Here’s the thing — and this confused me for a long time — premium mediocrity is not a consumption aesthetic, but a financial hack powering a deliberately crafted illusion that is being strategically crafted for a purpose.
There's a term for this in sociology/economics: privatized Keynesianism. The idea is that one of the reasons that debt levels are so high is that people are trying to maintain what a "middle class life" looked like (or should feel like) via debt.
- The essence of premium mediocrity is being optimistically prepared for success by at least being in the right place at the right time, at least for a little while, even if you have no idea how to make anything happen during your window of opportunity.
This hit a little close to home.
This Congress? Not really, no.