On the day before he’s set to vote down Net Neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to calm your fears about the dark future he’s about to unleash.
He did that with a really stupid video.
On Wednesday, with the help of conservative outlet The Daily Caller, Pai released a video entitled “7 Things You Can Still Do on the Internet After Net Neutrality.” While the title speaks for itself, it doesn’t quite capture the sheer stupidity Pai unleashes. He’s all too ready to let people know they can still buy fidget spinners and Instagram their food.
What he doesn’t seem ready to acknowledge is the consequences of allowing business interests to exploit what has classically been an open platform of free communication. But who cares! There’s a dog selfie!
He also doesn’t let you know how much it could cost you after he removes the barriers for ISPs to charge users for different levels of internet usage.
If this weren’t insulting enough, Gizmodo found something in this video that makes the spectacle even worse. While telling you placatingly that you’ll still be able to beat the dead horse of deceased memes, Pai dances to the “Harlem Shake.” He does it next to Martina Markota, a professed believer and spreader of the thoroughly debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory.
Upending Net Neutrality is exceedingly unpopular with most people in the country, so there’s definitely something messed up about the FCC chairman telling us we’ll still be able to stream Netflix after he dismantles the internet as we know it. And the thing is, we actually may not be able to stream Netflix in the same way, following the changes.
But hey, all we can do is sit around and watch a bureaucrat ignore the majority of American opinions and remake the internet in a new corporate image.