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Winer Doesn’t Get it: Net Neutrality Edition

Yeah, it’s a Dave Winer festival around here lately. What can I say, the crazy old fucker keeps handing me easy material. Today’s gem is Ol’ Man Winer’s first ever post on net neutrality, coincidentally titled: My first piece on “net neutrality”

In the post Dave demonstrates, yet again, that he hasn’t the foggiest notion what he’s talking about. To wit:

I really don’t understand the issue. But then today I received a press release in email saying that a lot of music stars, along with moveon.org, are making a stand in favor of net neutrality. How are they doing it? By posting messages on Twitter and Facebook.

Wait a minute!

That’s fucked up.

Here they are taking a stand against corporate ownership of public media, and they use corporate media to express this point of view. No that’s not how you do it. Wrong. Hypocritical. Clueless.

Jesus fuck Dave, do you really think that “net neutrality” somehow means no “corporate ownership of public media”? Are you really so fucking out of touch with reality that you don’t know what net neutrality is about. For the love of Satan, even the lolbertarian chumps who edit Wikipedia get this one basically right (although next week the article may define network neutrality as a type of Belgian cheese):

Network neutrality (also net neutrality, Internet neutrality) is a principle proposed for user access networks participating in the Internet that advocates no restrictions by Internet Service Providers and governments on content, sites, platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and no restrictions on the modes of communication allowed.

or the love of all that’s unholy Dave, pull your head out of your ass.