September 30, 2018
“I hate what you say but I respect your right to say it”
These days, internet freedom has taken on an entirely new meaning. There are ways to speak your mind on the internet without anyone knowing anything about you, and there are also ways to gain valuable information over the internet about things that are vital to our growth, understanding, and progress as humans. But, what about those that want to halt this amazing internet freedom that we currently have? What about those that want to take away our right to speak our mind and learn new information at the click of a button in a free and just world? Well, the unfortunate aspect about society today is that there is a lot of discussion about how our internet freedom can be slowed down to a great degree. There are lobbyists, politicians, individual citizens and groups that want to halt the freedom we have over the internet to say what we want, which also directly interacts with our right to free speech as Americans, which is the first amendment in the constitution. When anyone tries to half internet freedom, the first instinct of many Americans might be to get angry, but the reality is that the right amount of understanding needs to take place before any real change occur. So, let’s first define what internet freedom is and why anyone would want to take it away in the first place.
What is internet freedom?
Internet freedom is the ability for anyone with a computer and an internet connection to say what they want, when they want. It is the right for all of us to express our opinions and our minds at the click of a button, and discuss with each other our viewpoints on all topics, important and not so important. Internet freedom is truly what makes the internet such an amazing part of our world today. It gives us the freedom to learn new things that we would otherwise have never known existed. It also gives us access into new ways of thought that we never might have known about before. What internet freedom really does is make us better human beings overall, as well as smarter than we ever were before. Internet freedom is the goal, and the reason why we can do, buy and say what we want over the internet. And, there is no reason to see internet freedom as anything else than what it is, and that is the freedom for all of us to say what we want, when we want, and to have free access to an open marketplace of new ideals and brand new ways of thought. Internet freedom is really what propels society forward into even greater heights, and it broadens our horizons to include ideas that we have probably never even thought about before.
Why would anyone want to take this freedom away?
With internet freedom, the bottom line has to do with money and power. When regular people have access to so much information over the internet, they are able to learn new things at the push of a button. And, the people who are owners and bosses don’t necessarily appreciate that any of us can have access to all of this information quickly and easily. To be fair, this is one of the biggest reasons why there are mandates and attempted enforcements on internet freedom these days. Certain people just don’t want to see others gain access to so much valuable information over the web.
In many ways, this wealth of information that can be found over the internet is a threat to others, and the owners and bosses who happen to be ahead right now want to stay ahead at whatever cost necessary. Those that are attempting to halt internet freedom are the ones who are in fear of the people gathering more and more information. They believe that those who have opinions and ideas and new and innovative ways of thought might be a threat to other ideals already set in place. Another reason why certain people want to get rid of internet freedom altogether is because is gives people a large amount of networking ability. The reality is that people as a whole are less powerful as individuals and in small groups, but the internet conversely gives people the access to come together as one, and this is a real threat to certain people, businesses, and ways of thought that have already been established. When a large amount of people network and come together, anything is possible, and anyone interested in getting rid of internet freedom does not like this amazing possibility that we all hold to come together as one.
What can we do about this potential impending problem?
The most valuable thing that we can all do is keep fighting. This fight for internet freedom is not a physical fight, but an emotional, spiritual and mental fight. We must stand strong in our intentions to have a free marketplace over the internet. We must do whatever is necessary in order to fight the powers that be against anyone trying to take away our right to say what we want over the internet. We must also be strong, but still coherent to what is going each day in regards to our rights as citizens. We must speak up when we notice a problem with the rules and laws in regards to internet freedom, and we must fight back in order to keep our internet freedom in tact. Fighting back and standing with conviction is truly the best way to keep the internet as it is right at this very moment, which is a free and open marketplace full of incredible possibility.
- We must act with responsibility over the internet
Lastly, something beneficial that what we can all do is act responsible over the internet. See, the people that want to take away our internet freedom will use whatever they can in order to make it seem like internet freedom is negative, bad, and a poor tool for society to have access to. That is why we must do what is right and just and moral over the internet. This includes not creating fake accounts, not feeding into so much negativity and hate and anger, and not doing anything over the internet that would hinder our rights to a free and open marketplace. As adults, we must act like it which is responsible, and we must take care of the internet just like it is our very own.
At the end of the day, internet freedom is one of the best things that we can ever hope for, and that is why we must do all that we can in order to treat as such. Internet freedom is an extremely valuable tool, and we must always respect the access we have over the internet, and never take it for granted.