*checks clock* Well, it’s after midnight here in Minnesota, but not so in California, so I can still say:
Today (Wednesday, 16 June 2010) saw the closing arguments in the federal court challenge of Prop 8, the California proposition that sought to rewrite the state Constitution to enshrine for good and all that the only people worthy of full rights as citizens of the state are heterosexuals. Sorry, was that my outside voice?
So…I have some thoughts.
I just posted this over on SaveTheInternet.com, and thought I’d also share it here.
The Internet is Essential to the Global Community
Without the Internet, I would not know most of the people in my life whom I now consider irreplaceable. I met my housemates online, I met dear friends online, I reconnected with family I barely knew thanks to the Internet.
I have taken online psychology courses from a small (seven-member staff) company in Scotland, increasing my own skill base. I also make part of my income doing copy editing for that same company. A company that has had an enormous impact on my professional and personal development, as well as a positive impact on the lives of many others. A company I would never have found without Net Neutrality, as I doubt they would have been able to pay the “gatekeepers” to get their website seen.
A major drawback of doing temp work is that you can be “let go” without warning. Last Friday, my two officemates and I were cheerfully doing our work, chatting a bit, when we received a surprise visit from two of our superiors.
“Hi guys. We, um, have some bad news…” Cue the stomach drop.