August 9, 2007

You have GOT to be kidding me — Net Neutrality edition

Posted in Censorship at 2:22 pm by The Lizard Queen

Say what you like about Pearl Jam, but their first two albums were pretty damn brilliant. (Also, I have a special place in my heart for the movie Singles, which means Pearl Jam has a special place in my heart as well.)

So, maybe Pearl Jam isn’t as cool as they were back in the early nineties (or maybe they are — I honestly haven’t been paying attention), but who the hell censors them? At Lollapalooza? From Save the Internet:

During the live Lollapalooza Webcast of a concert by the Seattle-based super-group, the telco giant [AT&T] muted lead singer Eddie Vedder just as he launched into a lyric against President George Bush. The lines — “George Bush, leave this world alone” and “George Bush find yourself another home” were somehow lost in the mix.

“What happened to us this weekend was a wake up call, and it’s about something much bigger than the censorship of a rock band,” Pearl Jam band members stated in a release following the incident.

From Pearl Jam’s website:

When asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had made a mistake in cutting them.

Oh, whoopsies! Just happened to hit the mute button after Eddie started singing about George Bush! My bad! Somehow I’m not buying it. That’s they’re story and they’re sticking to it, but it serves as a good reminder of the stakes when it comes to Net Neutrality. More from Save the Internet:

AT&T routinely rails against Net Neutrality as a “solution without a problem.” They say Net Neutrality regulations aren’t necessary because they wouldn’t dare interfere with online content. At the same time they tout plans to become gatekeepers to the Web with public relations bromides about “shaping” Web traffic to better serve the needs of an evolving Internet.

Gee, I can’t see any way that could go wrong. Incidentally, if you’re interested in learning more about Net Neutrality, check out Save the Internet’s faq page.

[h/t to Crooks and Liars]


1 Comment »

  1. Rob Dubinski said,

    I agree!! The media consolidation epidemic is out of control. “We The People” can’t allow AT&T to step into a totalitarian role as the gatekeeper of the Internet. This issue strikes at the very heart of the 1st Amendment. Join the fight w/ and check out my blog for more:


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