Ditching the internet because of repealing net neutrality is the equivalent of “going back to Africa due to racism in America.” I’m still here in the United States, standing up for what I believe in. And I’ll still be active on social media as the landscape changes, regardless of the rules.
Pop culture needs the shakeup. We have gotten too cozy with bandwagon social justice activism. Despite the angry memes, you still buy cheap foreign crap at Walmart and stuff your face with Monsanto poison, contributing to the erosion of a “Made In America” economy and destroying any chances of a living wage. Literally nobody is wearing a pink pussy hat these days, even though “Not My President” is still, well President. Obama never took anyone’s guns, deported more illegals than both Bushes (and Clinton) combined, and your Harleys are still pre-assembled in Mexico. The death toll continues to climb, and no one is still brave enough to take concrete steps to end the violence. Not only does Flint still not have usable water, communities across America still don’t, and that number is growing. And we still buy bottled water by the ounces, producing more plastic waste, and padding profits of the companies that responsible for the exploitation of our natural resources. I could literally go on for paragraphs about the shams we claim to be against but support in our daily lives, every day.
Net Neutrality was setback today. Big whoop. MOST (99.99999%) of you didn’t even know what it was until last week. A majority of you still have no clue what it is, except that the world is going to end if it’s repealed. I remember when consumer advocacy groups protested the IMPLEMENTATION of net neutrality, because it was pushed by telecomm giants like Verizon, Comcast and others, who were not about protecting our own interests, but their own. Back then (just a few years ago, actually), they claimed the world was going to end then. It didn’t.
And it won’t. The internet age is the new reality. We will live our daily lives by the kilobyte, by the megapixel, no matter what the rules are, no matter who controls it. You can turn a blind eye and give up, and the machine is still going to continue turning its gears, grinding our freedoms and liberties to dust. Just like it always has.
I will still be on here, keeping myself in the loop, keeping my knowledge relevant, my wisdom keen. Taking your dollars out of the system is taking your voice away from their ears, and taking your power away from the controllers. I have no intention of giving even more control to the oligarchs and megalomaniacs in charge.
In fairness, pop culture needs a shakeup. This watered-down sense of social justice needs to be truly tested and pressed for resilience. There are too many bandwagoneers who find false comfort in tacky memes and clever slogans. Justice needs people of action. Justice needs walkers, handshakers, voters, lobbiers, campaigners, deterers. Not just bloggers and bandwagoners.
That might seem strange coming from someone who posts and shares a lot online. But what I post on social media is only part of my involvement. My boots have been on the ground, for as long as knew how to tie laces. I share as my way of reaching into the Matrix to share what’s really going on out in the real world. Check my photo albums. I show up. Not to show off, but to share. A long time ago, I grew tired of reading the opinion of others who never lift a finger. I want to see more people out there doing the same.
For many of you, social discourse is just a spectator sport. You do not yet realize how these passionate topics directly affect your lives. If you did, you’d trade your lead role in a cage for a walk-on part in the war. I really, really do wish you were here.