Hello blog friends and fellow internet users,
Take 4 minutes and watch this video about why Net Neutrality is an important issue:
and if you’re convinced take 1 more minute and send the FCC a message telling them to classify broadband internet as a common carrier telecommunications service:
If you’d like to devote slightly more time to researching the matter, I’d suggest reading an overview on network neutrality by Columbia Law professor Tim Wu:
Or if you really just want to go nuts, read Wu’s book The Master Switch. It’s a history of the rise and fall of information empires. The basic gist is this: every development in the history of the American information industry (from telephony to radio to film) has followed a pattern of starting as an open system inhabited by innovators who created the technology which allowed for a community of creative users, but which then came to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel system where innovation was intentionally curbed to ensure the continuation of the monopoly/cartel. The punchline is that we are on the cusp of the internet following the same pattern.
Stay informed and make noise about this issue to your friends and government representatives. Here is a site to find out who represents you in the House and Senate online, including links with info on how to contact them: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/
The Eternal Return Of The Mustache
I was recently in a web video for Harry’s along with the beautiful baritone Jim Santangeli, directed by Tom Scharpling. Harry’s is a razor company from one of the co-founders of Warby Parker. In the video, I speak to my reflection (played by Jim) and agonize over shaving my mustache:
What interests me most about this video is that years ago I created two videos by myself that see me in strikingly similar roles.
Five years ago in 2008 while living in England I made a video for a Schick YouTube contest in which I have a mustache and argue with my reflection about shaving it. Titled “The Temptation Of The Mustache”, I somehow did not win the contest:
Is that accent I chose for my mustache version of myself offensive? Probably.
And even before this in the summer of 2007, I made a music video to a song I made about the tragedy of shaving a beard, with the possible silver lining of keeping a mustache. The only two words to this song are “beard” and “mustache”:
I’d apologize for some of those notes I don’t hit, but don’t you think it is braver when someone who doesn’t have a good voice sings? I do.
I guess I am just doomed to keep making videos like this for the rest of my life. At least I can take comfort in having found my calling.