Thursday, November 22, 2007
Internet Brownouts and the Lesbionic Woman
Up until now I've always assumed that the internet would just get faster and faster. And that if blogging is all about words today...one day it would be ALL about videos.
But now I'm not so sure.
"Overall, transmitting over a saturated broadband link will feel a lot like the bad old days of dial-up: Long pauses between request and response, with some applications just too painful to bother with."
The biggest problem for the internet itself is that it could strangle competition and innovation.
"The next Google, YouTube, or Amazon might not arise, not because of a lack of demand, but due to an inability to fulfil that demand," the report said.
The biggest problem for users? Many could be squeezed out along with smaller companies.
And as internet service providers move to ration bandwith ... the issue of net neutrality will become even more critical.
The carriers say they would never discriminate based on content. But, they are starting. And, more to the point, they have also consistently denied that they throttle bandwidth and target peer-to-peer sharing. We now know they do. We have the smoking gun. So, when it comes to net neutrality, they're not to be trusted. And, they've only just started.
And what would a slower internet mean for the WAY people blog?
Will bloggers be forced to cutdown on pictures and videos? Will aggregators force them to do that. Will people read blogs that take a long time to load?
Will we be forced to go back to just.....words? What a bore.
And what will I do with my time? According to the study three quarters of American internet users spend about two and a half hours a month watching videos. But I spend much more time than that...and so do all my friends.
From music videos....to the real war in Iraq and Afghanistan....to Paris Hilton's latest fuck fest and the guy who fired a rocket out of his ass while riding upside down on a bicycle...I depend on viral videos to know what's REALLY going on out there
And communicate with my fellow monkeys.
I just don't know WHAT I would do if I couldn't share viral videos like this one...
OK....so I'm dum....
But smart enough to know that even if they do come up with all those billions they need to fix the internet traffic jam.
The one THEY should have fixed long ago.
WE are going to pay for it.
One way or the other....