I’m in the Steamboat room hoping that these panelists will be able to convince me that “saving the Internet” doesn’t mean keeping it just as it is for the privileged folks who own and extract the majority of benefits from it.
The makeup of the panel, where a Columbia Law Professor and former lawyer for the telcos seems to be the only person of color, is not reassuring… one woman and three men, with a woman moderating.
Free Press has made progress, but the goal is not to have more people of color talking about people of color issues, women talking about women’s issues, and “grassroots” people talking about “grassroots organizing” while white men talk about the “big” issues. The goal is to get everyone talking about everything.
(That’s how the corporate media works – when you break it down by issue, women and POC are even more excluded, since you find that women are often relegated to discussing the weather and human interest while men report on economics and politics.)
As Tim Karr commented on my post from yesterday where I speculated on where the SaveTheInternet goes from here, they’ve laid out a new plan in “The Internet Freedom Declaration of 2007.” They released it at the party last night. Adam Green is pitching it to the audience now.
Now blogger Matt Stoller is talking about Ed Whitacre. “These people are crazy,” he says. Matt wanted to be an investment banker when he was eight years old, he tells us.
The Declaration is a fine set of principles – Universal Affordable Access, An Open and Neutral Network, World Class Quality through Competition – but it doesn’t address the ownership divide and it still views people primarily as consumers: “The Internet should offer a free market to all competitors and maximum choice to all consumers” and “a competitive marketplace fosters innovation, benefits consumers, creates jobs, and grows the economy.”
This echoes the flawed Bill of Media Rights, which begins with the mixed metaphor, “A free and vibrant media, full of diverse and competing voices, is the lifeblood of America’s democracy and culture, as well as an engine of growth for its economy.”
Frannie Wellings just introduced Scott Goodstein. Sigh.
There’s more to it.
Now Azlan White, a woman, is talking about offline organizing, but I’m about to run out of batteries.