We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If, at a given time, three-quarters of the consumers prefer to buy the Acme brand of widgets to any other brand, then Acme Inc. will be said to ‘control’ three-quarters of the market, even though consumers control 100 percent of the market, since they can switch to another brand of widgets tomorrow if someone else comes up with a better widget, or stop buying widgets altogether if a new product comes along that makes widgets obsolete.
Should this apply to Google? Is Google a "utility"?
Google services are different from Acme's widgets. In Google's case, we users are NOT their customers. We use their free services and businesses (or some sort of agents) pay for the information Google collects. If some other company wanted to compete with Google how could they fund "free" services allowing them to sell better info (or the same for less)? How would such an effort even get off the ground?
I don't think that Google qualifies as a utility, but it should fall under the guidelines set by the FCC. But that ass-clown we have right now, Ajit Pai, clearly is not up to the job.
Google makes most of its money distributing pornography (through ad-sense) and poisoning the minds of our children. That needs to stop. In addition, all pornography needs to be removed from the web. It's not a free speech issue, it's a public morality issue.
Of course, there are those who argue that restricting pornography is impossible for technical reasons, like this guy:
"Obviously, the one thing that the FCC has no power to regulate is taste, and that, after all, is the real menace to both the intellectual and moral well being of our society. Violence and sexual allusion and disgusting bathroom humor are the mainstays and keystones of much of what is available to us from broadcast to unregulated cable to the Internet. Some of the "dirtiest" (if that is still a word that has meaning) of the shows on broadcast are of the animated variety where it seems anything goes, and not very subtly.
Dashing to hold a pillow over the screen as my wife and I did or grabbing for the remote to switch the channel are useless gestures. There just isn't anything left to watch that isn't offensive by past standards except old-time movies and pre-1970s reruns. Warnings about the content of R-rated films serve mainly to get the broadcaster or channels off the hook.
Actually, it has long been a psychological truism that these notices generally just make the flicks more attractive to youngsters, and if they aren't getting it at home, they will somewhere else.
If that comes across as a poor argument for justifying a freedom of expression, so be it, and, in fact, I agree with that. But this is not the time when Elvis (the Pelvis) Presley was shown on national television only from the waist up to hide his gyrations. Culture, for better or for worse, has moved on. Movies decades ago abandoned the oppressive Hays Office standards — many of them ridiculous, like showing married couples sleeping in twin beds — for graded codes. Who were they kidding? Certainly not the kids.
It really makes little sense, no matter how desirable, to single out one segment of an industry for such censorship, especially when doing so seems not only impractical but also nearly unenforceable. An enormous amount of complaints pending at the FCC won't get resolved.
The FCC derives its governance over broadcast radio and television from the theory that the airways are public, that one must have a license to operate in them and, therefore, they are fully subject to regulation. Cable systems are under no such obligations since they do not use airways.