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susanr November 11th, 2014 2:51am

TheOatmeal explains the internet (and net neutrality) to Ted Cruz

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ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
11/12/14 9:46 am

That was BEAUTIFUL!! I know too many people who had horrible experiences with Comcast.

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cowboy Here and There
11/12/14 6:27 am

When don't Liberals run to big brother for everything?

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JDoe Its a gift
11/11/14 12:34 pm

I'm amazed that even an idiot like Ted Cruz would pick the obvious wrong side of an issue that can't help him with anyone but campaign contributors like Comcast.

mim formerly 97123
11/11/14 9:45 am

Trying to post the link on FB but it's timing out without posting. Wonder if Comcast is to blame.

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susanr Colorado
11/11/14 1:46 pm

Haha! If you really want to post it there, I'd suggest going to The Oatmeal's page on FB, scrolling down to the article, & sharing it.

missmorganmarie ...
11/11/14 8:23 am

I love it!! that's great!

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rons screw politicians
11/11/14 5:14 am

I wouldn't think that you'd want the government to control the internet. What's next? Government controls content? Never will understand liberals.

MogoshKatz Wisconsin
11/11/14 4:14 am

I don't think it's stupid or dumb but oversimplified. It ignores the consequences of Internet companies being forced to comply with a policy that makes them lose money.

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smacc DunningKruger
11/11/14 12:49 am

That was great!

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redsox95 New England
11/10/14 10:30 pm

When the FAA bans porn from the internet, like they did with TV, liberals will change their mind.

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smacc DunningKruger
11/11/14 12:46 am

What do you think liberals believe?

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/11/14 3:52 am

Seriously Redsox, please educate yourself about net neutrality. You're making yourself look stupid with comments. You obviously have no ideal what this issue is about.

redsox95 New England
11/11/14 8:34 am

Hahaha please just stop. Ignorance is bliss. You have no clue whatsoever it is. Try educating yourself pal. It puts in the internet in the same category as TV and Radio for the FCC, to regulate.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/11/14 8:55 am

Redsox yesterday - I don't know whether I support it or not.

Redsox now - yeah, fuck Obama, net neutrality sucks!! I would love my corporate overlords controlling the internet because I oppose whatever Obama supports. Freedumb!!!

TomM
11/10/14 9:25 pm

That's got to be the dumbest thing I have read in a while. I had to stop halfway through.

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Arananthi Literal Ninja
11/10/14 9:46 pm

Please tell me, where is it factually incorrect?

TomM
11/10/14 10:32 pm

Let me start out by saying I'm no fan of Cruz, I wish someone would do a Christie and tell him to shut up and sit down. The scenario in the linked article is that comcast would do what they can to annoy customers, that's just stupid. I'm a comcast

TomM
11/10/14 10:35 pm

...customer and I could very quickly go to verizon if I was unhappy.

Arananthi Literal Ninja
11/10/14 11:02 pm

Except no one is saying Comcast would do that to customers. They would -- and have already -- done it to other companies, in order to extort money out of them.

smacc DunningKruger
11/11/14 12:48 am

Like Netflix

meaning Red Stick
11/11/14 5:39 am

Just FYI, I believe Verizon also slowed down Netflix.

TomM
11/11/14 6:53 am

There's a difference between the scenario here, annoying customers for no reason, and real world, slowing Netflix to let everyone else through.

gjb2779
11/11/14 7:09 am

@TomM - if there is a downfall to the article it's that it doesn't focus on the business side as much. Think of it this way, should a business be discriminated against via speeds based on their content or amount of content. That's the big issue,

smacc DunningKruger
11/11/14 10:07 am

Content no, amount yes. That is fair.

gjb2779
11/11/14 11:23 am

Why is amount fair? Why should a small business not be allowed to broadcast a large amount of data. With how much is based on online and streaming content you're putting small businesses at a SEVERE disadvantage in that way

smacc DunningKruger
11/11/14 11:32 am

I guess I look at it like fuel I pay for what I use not why I use it. I say it appears fair. Paying instead for speed is another alternative. Personally I thing information should be free.

TomM
11/11/14 5:07 pm

There shouldn't be discriminating based on what they send through and that's not the case. There's no censorship. The ISPs go after Netflix because they generate most traffic, they're clogging up the internet. I believe they should pay.

TomM
11/11/14 5:08 pm

Or I should say I believe the ISPs should be allowed to charge Netflix, it's of course not a requirement.

smacc DunningKruger
11/11/14 6:02 pm

I can't argue against that point is that is all that happens.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
11/10/14 9:09 pm

Perfect! Thank you for posting. Republicans.....go buy a clue.

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think4yourself Not a safe space
11/10/14 9:07 pm

The oatmeal must be an offshoot of the onion.

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Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/10/14 9:12 pm

This is a bi-partisan issue. The majority of people support this. For you, just imagine if Obama didn't come out in support of it- that might change your mind.

redsox95 New England
11/10/14 10:19 pm

Hahahaha stop lying to yourself. The majority of people do not support this.

TomM
11/10/14 10:37 pm

I will claim most people don't understand the details. Saying the net should be neutral sounds good, why wouldn't you support that. If people were asked if they want the government to control the internet, the answer would be no. It's just like ...

TomM
11/10/14 10:38 pm

..pro-life versus pro-choice. They both sound positive.

smacc DunningKruger
11/11/14 12:56 am

Why wouldn't people support it? Why would I support a company even knowing what data I am accessing? It would be like they were listening in on my phone calls.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/11/14 3:44 am

Tom, I don't really get where you're getting it'll be controlled. You think the internet has been under government control all this time? Do you think honestly think telecom companies want to change how the internet has always been to help us?

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/11/14 3:46 am

Redsox, you just heard about this today, so how do you know? In another poll, even YOU said your mind wasn't made up

TomM
11/11/14 6:57 am

Abo it has been relatively free and that's what's made it so great. The proposal is modeled after the utilities and telephone companies, how is that not government control.

smacc DunningKruger
11/11/14 9:53 am

Wait, that's confusing. Allowing a corporation to charge based on our content rather than volume does not sound like government control. Although the gov is allowing it.

146787456777 .......
11/10/14 8:46 pm

love TheOatmeal! he explains stuff so succinctly and with pictures to boot

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/10/14 8:17 pm

Excellent! One of the clearest and easiest to understand descriptions of what net neutrality is and isn't I've seen (and I've seen a lot of almost-as-good explanations). I just hope it doesn't lose something in the translation to (almost) Texan.

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jvc1133 61535
11/10/14 8:16 pm

It's easily understandable and true but, due to to my deep seated prejudice I'll continue

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jvc1133 61535
11/10/14 8:17 pm

To make snide comparisons to Obamacare.

susanr Colorado
11/10/14 8:17 pm

You crack me up, you curmudgeon.
=:-)

jvc1133 61535
11/10/14 8:20 pm

Thank you but, just doin my job. ; )

gjb2779
11/10/14 8:16 pm

In case people need a more serious article.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/10/14 8:14 pm

Rafael Cruz is a robot that is just programmed to oppose anything Obama supports and vice versa; if Obama wanted Cruz support, he would've just said the opposite of what he supported.

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iBakes California
11/10/14 8:14 pm

I was hoping someone would post this on Show of Hands.

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Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/10/14 8:15 pm

Ha! Me too; I saw it on twitter and was hoping it would make it here.

iBakes California
11/10/14 8:17 pm

I already filled my quota for "HEHEM GUYS NET NEUTRALITY" polls so I had to leave it up to others haha

gjb2779
11/10/14 8:09 pm

It's a great article and it's actually very informative. People need to learn about this issue and not get caught up in talking points.

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susanr Colorado
11/10/14 8:00 pm

Glad *someone* else liked it. The poll had a rating of 0% for a little while. Geez.

Wert A picture of my junk
11/10/14 8:05 pm

Spot on, actually.

susanr Colorado
11/10/14 8:08 pm

I thought it was pretty cool, especially at the end where he talked about it being a non-partisan issue. About freedom.

I wonder how many of the very early voters even read it (there were a few posted too fast to have gotten through it).

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
11/10/14 8:09 pm

haters gonna stupidly hate Susan, you know THIS!

this was friggin awesome! thank you. :-)