ABC News is quickly becoming my favorite TV/online news source. Some highlights from the past couple of days:
Last night I turned on the TV just in time to catch Peter Jennings’ lengthy interview with Bill Gates. It sure tells you how much of a say the PR department gets at Microsoft these days, that the only thing Gates can say is that “competition is great … we love competition … all hail competition … our competition is fantastic….” That’s what he said about Google, Apple, and “free software” (Firefox, Wikipedia, etc.).
Now what about us ambidextrous renegades?
It used to be that the federal government couldn&rsuo;t dream of regulating the World Wide Web. It was just too… wild. Now it appears that a federal judge has applied the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill to the Internet as well, against even the Federal Election Commission’s wishes.
How many channels do you get on the Net? Probably millions, if not more. Apparently, many in our government still view the Internet much like they view the airwaves – they need to be divided amongst the Internet companies, so we don’t get a monopoly! And I roll my eyes.
This is why we really need to be asking political candidates how much they actually know about technology. The nation can thank the Internet for bringing masses to the polls for the last election; it was only useful because people were free to express and contribute.
We are not the monopoly.