Last week, the FCC voted to roll back internet regulations set up in 2015. The internet had mixed opinions about the decision, to say the least. Here are 15 people who demonstrated their feelings the best way they knew how: through the magic of Twitter.
If you were roommates with the FCC
If the FCC Was Your Room Mate#NetNeutralitypic.twitter.com/QFSUpKSIND— Fitz Alan ? (@_FitZalan) December 20, 2017
While perhaps a little bit over the top, this video shows what it would be like to live with someone who wanted to control how and when you use your own belongings. The video takes several wide swings at the FCC.
Indictment of non-interventionism
Oh please tread on me, big corporations #NetNeutrality#CorporateGreedpic.twitter.com/l9beM9suKf— Ty Clark (@Tyclark1818) December 20, 2017
The image in this tweet is a riff on an old classic. It may be a little rude, but it demonstrates a serious frustration with people who treat corporations as helpless victims of taxation and regulation.
Hit them where it hurts... their wallets!
Netflix: $9.99/per movie
Google: $1.99/per search
If you don't want to pay extra for your favorite sites you need to be supporting #NetNeutrality— Df21mixtape (@df21mixtape) December 20, 2017
This is a pretty common format floating around Twitter right now. It's simple and straight to the point: if you like using these currently free services, you better stand up for your internet rights so that you can continue enjoying them without having to pay an exorbitant fee for each one.
Not the end of the world
1970: Global cooling will kill us all.
1990: Global warming will kill us all.
2005: Climate change will kill us all.
Trump sworn in: We’re all gonna die.#NetNeutrality: We’re all gonna die.#TaxCutAndJobsAct: We’re all gonna die.
— Ken Diesel (@KenDiesel) December 19, 2017
This one takes a different perspective on the issue. It raises an important question: is all the fire and brimstone really necessary? While it kind of implies that the repeal isn't necessarily a bad thing, a better takeaway is that humanity will find a way around this setback in the long run.
"How to stop Pai"
New Video,— Shorya (@shorya_boneless) December 19, 2017
How To Stop Ajit Pai #NetNeutralityhttps://t.co/wPbUpRomwZpic.twitter.com/ETYr1tSvLp
Many people have been taking direct shots at Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC. This one is one of the more tame ones; as with everything denizens of the internet take seriously, many of these shots have gone too far. The FCC had to take a break during its hearing last week because of a bomb threat. Let's try to keep this one civilized, guys...
Go FCC yourself!!!! @AjitPaiFCC#NetNeutralitypic.twitter.com/mzHAnkMnqj— Gaz and Effect EP ? (@Wendy_Rager03) December 19, 2017
"Go FCC yourself" has been a rallying cry for opponents of the rollback. This poster dons the classic image of Dr. Seuss's Grinch; perhaps the creator hopes that the FCC's heart will grow three sizes this season and they will reverse their decision.
Another cheap shot
And the best ugly sweater goes to.... #NetNeutralitypic.twitter.com/B2ANxq56GA— Taylor Frenette (@taytay338) December 19, 2017
Another cheap shot at the chairman of the FCC plays off of an old political tool: don't hate the game, make the player into a ubiquitous symbol of derision and mockery. It doesn't really drive home any good philosophical points, but it might be at the very least cathartic for citizens who feel like their vote isn't being counted.
The "Open Internet Preservation Act" doesn't fix the problem created by the FCC repeal of #NetNeutrality. It authorizes ISPs to create Internet fast lanes. https://t.co/fOIyOlJu9x— EFF (@EFF) December 20, 2017
Another simple poster created by a disgruntled internet user, these signs show off the clever instinct of the internet-dweller. "I'm positively neutral about the net" makes a statement about the value of net neutrality: no information should be shuttered no matter where it comes from.
This is fine
-Donald Trump becomes president
-North Korea wants to nuke the U.S
-FCC repeals #NetNeutrality
-GOP are about to pass their tax bill that will give them, the rich and corporations a huge tax break
America: pic.twitter.com/AjzydNFb7x— Miguel Garcia (@mgarcia1782) December 19, 2017
@mgarcia1782 has a lot on his plate right now. This classic webcomic slice shows exactly how bad things have gotten for citizens dealing with politics right now: at some point, you just have to give up, take a sip of your coffee, and say... "this is fine."
Khajit has internet... if you have coin
khAJIT has Internet...— Screenwave Media (@ScreenwaveMedia) December 19, 2017
if you have coin.#NetNeutralitypic.twitter.com/HJB0iKEHU4
This joke has its origin in a popular video game series, Elder Scrolls. Khajit is well known in the in-game universe for being honest businessmen. They're willing and able to get you anything you need... if you have the scratch for it. It helps the joke a lot that their name sounds just a little bit like the name of the chairman of the FCC...
Before it's too late
#NetNeutrality has me getting in all my searches while I still can pic.twitter.com/5qvWS4zhZi— Not Shawn/Shaun (@SeanMcMahon95) December 19, 2017
Hold on while we do what we do best: look for things to cope with our insecurity about the fall of the internet. Hopefully "how many dog" was supposed to be "how many dogs am I allowed to adopt," and not something more... unscrupulous.
Right in the wallet... again
If this doesn’t make you believe in #NetNeutrality idk what will pic.twitter.com/0t5Nt0WXU0— Ben Miller (@Benjianddajets) December 19, 2017
Yikes! That's a big hike! As a Netflix user, this makes me REALLY concerned! I really don't want this to be my reality next month.
I'd hire a professional food-tester if I were you, evil one. ☠?#NetNeutrality#greedpic.twitter.com/S0oGNRzU3Q— AmySteenstra ☘ (@steenstra66) December 19, 2017
Wikipedia vandalism is right up with things that prove that the internet really ought to be regulated. Add in the super vague threat and we can definitely see things getting out of hand here once again.
The hero we deserve
If #NetNeutrality is saved I will send $0 to everyone who RT’s this tweet. #NetNeutalitypic.twitter.com/Bn10JmoZXZ— Bob The Engineer (@EngineerTheBob) December 19, 2017
This honest-to-god slacktivist is doing the best he can to make sure that net neutrality is preserved. If this doesn't save our free and open internet, I don't know what possibly could!
Keep it in perspective
Another reminder that this might not be the end of the world. But, I think the message it more accurately conveys is we will overcome.