If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?
Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.
Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?
On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.
If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th
Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown
It’s really hard to name just one, so I’ll give you a few and make a timeline.
1.) The first quote that ever overwhelmed me was one by Zelda Fitzgerald. I read it about 7 years ago and it was the only quote in my head (I hadn’t even thought about writing poetry at this point):
“I do not want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.”
2.) I cried when I read this because, for once, it took the words right out of my mouth. I didn’t even know I felt this way until I read it. Sylvia Plath wrote:
“I have never found anybody who could stand to accept the daily demonstrative love I feel in me, and give back as good as I give.”
3. This one changed everything for me. I read it and wondered if I’d ever love someone like that. Just the determination and the complete surety of this quote. It gets me every time. There’s no question in it, just this permanency that overtakes everything. It’s by Kiersten White:
“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”
4.) This one fucked me up. Fucked me up. I just. Any talk of coming back from the dead, of reanimating your bones just to love again, I’m sold. I’m gone. It’s by Phillip Pullman and I’m crying just writing it oh my god:
“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Until I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, until I find you again.”
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