Think back to the cesspool that MySpace had become in 2008.
Now imagine if MySpace — that MySpace — were the #1 website in the world.
But that’s ridiculous, you say. MySpace sucked, didn’t innovate, and had a terrible business plan. It had no chance of succeeding long-term, especially not against a smart upstart like Facebook!
Except that MySpace did have one thing going for it, at least for a short time, that no other social network had: gobs and gobs and freaking gobs of money.
And that mighty money might have been enough to keep MySpace in the social media catbird seat if the Internet back in 2005 had operated under the FCC’s proposed “new net neutrality” rules, which could be enacted as soon as this summer.
Yes, imagine a world in which your online life is still dominated by MySpace. Do you feel your retinas burning from the flashing gifs on the lime green page backgrounds? Ladies, are you done sorting through the hook-up requests in your message inbox?
This is why we must fight to maintain net neutrality — real net neutrality … not this potentially new bastard love child “net neutrality” born from the political fornication between massive telecom conglomerates and an FCC chairman whose previous experience (go figure) was to … wait for it … lobby on behalf of the industries he’s now in charge of regulating.