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The term “net neutrality” has recently been appearing in the media. Net neutrality, loosely defined, means that all web traffic is equal; every site loads at the same speed (depending on your internet connection) and is available to all consumers to find online.
No preferential faster service is being given to any single one website or company. However, if small business websites were to lose net neutrality, what are the potential ramifications?
The current United States Congress is currently debating enacting regulations to preserve or dispose of net neutrality. Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, has said he opposes any legislation that would regulate net neutrality.
While both parties agree a free and open internet is positive, Republicans, led by Walden, are debating if net neutrality limits freedom by adding too much regulation that stifles innovation in the telecom industry. They are trying to strip the FCC’s authority to enforce strong internet protections.
Recent developments have FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposing the organization uses its authority under Title II of the Communications Act to protect neutral consumer broadband internet, in an effort to stop Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from possibly throttling website load speeds and potentially charging premiums to run streaming or social media sites faster. President Obama is in favor of this Title II proposal.
If net neutrality is lost, huge entities like Facebook and Amazon could buy preferential treatment from ISPs for faster, more reliable service, giving them a huge advantage over smaller competitors. This creates internet inequality, where the playing field is tilted in the favor of big money, stifling innovation from smaller competitors that could provide a better service or product.
Online companies especially need a neutral internet to even attempt to compete with large corporations. ISPs could also slow down sites that won’t comply with their possible financial requirements, which could be tantamount to legalized extortion.
Similar to how telecom companies bundled major cable channels together to form cable packages, ISPs could also offer/enforce internet packages that only include bundles of major sites for a certain low fee, which could be enticing to consumers on a budget. However, this could effectively negate their ability to access a free and open internet, and could close off access to a variety of small business sites from millions of consumers. ISPs could essentially pick and choose the online content for millions of consumers, limiting free speech and their ability to express their free speech.
This could result in extra costs to small businesses to even be included on internet packages, which would require a higher premium for consumers to access more sites and get faster service. Online companies that are dependent on video marketing for traffic would crumble, as they couldn’t afford to pay ISPs to host and share their content.
It would limit the ability for consumers to even see these marketing videos. Also, any and all costs invested to make and produce videos they currently had would be a total financial loss, as they still couldn’t host and share them online without paying.
If you’re a small business owner that depends on being online, keep a close eye on the net neutrality issue. It is important to keep the internet neutral, free and open for all to access it as they wish, for the continuation of successful online business. Regulating a utility does not stifle innovation or freedom, it allows for an equal playing field and fights against monopolization of the internet by large organizations and companies. Allowing the Internet Service Providers to control speed, access and the information you see online will destroy small businesses in North America.
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I’m sure you have thought about it or maybe even wished or dreamed for it – being able to afford someone to help you sell your art (books, music, visual art) and increase your presence online 365 days a year.
The problem is you’re a starving artist and can’t afford the thousands of dollars that would cost!
Let’s say I’m the person that can help you! And, by the way, it is me :) I’m the person that’s going to help you make more money blogging AND selling your art. I can help you because I am also an artist who has tried and tested many tips and tricks of the trade.
Let me be clear: I cannot guarantee that you will make money for legal reasons but my services will help you to increase your current sales and you will learn the best ways to market your art online and have fun at the same time.
You don’t create art for nothing, right? It’s time to get fed!
Have you ever visited a blog that looked a hot cluttered mess and it made you leave immediately? The colors were off and there was way too much going on and you couldn’t find anything you were looking for? That blog needs a makeover!
All blogs at some point will need a makeover, even the best of the best. If for no other reason than to give your readers and yourself a fresh perspective or to just jazz things up a bit.
A blog makeover is more than just adding a new banner, changing the color scheme or implementing a background. A blog makeover includes making changes to the theme, layout, navigation and even involves changing the content.
All these changes will go a long way to increase your readership, subscribers and overall fan base.
It doesn’t matter how great your music, book or art is. If the presentation sucks no one is gonna buy from you.
Vas: WOW! This report is amazing.
The week before I implemented some of the changes that Dangerous Lee recommended for my site, I was averaging 26 visitors a day. The week I began changing my website based upon Dangerous’s analysis, I averaged 46 visitors a day. Five and a half days after that, my traffic averaged 74 visitors a day.
Did I mention that I haven’t even finished implementing all of her recommendations? I am not one to argue with results: Dangerous Lee’s advice works!
Vas wanted to have steadier more consistent traffic. I’d say she’s on her way to reaching and surpassing that goal.
Dana: It took less than 24-hours for her to provide me a thorough report, complete with suggestions, links, and data that I never would have thought to look for regarding the efficacy of my site.
Dana wants to increase engagement on her blog. That can be a little more tricky than reaching traffic goals because to increase engagement you need to more readers/subscribers (which is a job in itself) and then build relationships with those subscribers and ask open-ended questions or include a call to action in each blog post.
I can help you with that too!
You can’t talk at your readers, you must talk to them.
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Should Idris Elba Be The Next James Bond?
This blog was originally titled the above and written in September of 2011, back when the subject of Edris Elba playing James Bond was first brought to my attention. It is now news again and Rush Limbaugh does not think it would be a good idea or a Black man to play James Bond. Neither do I, though now I’m sure it would be a HUGE hit, and surprisingly our reasons are the same…except I’m not a racist asshole.
Anyway, according to the current poll results below most people don’t like the idea and a good amount of you don’t care. Most of those votes are from a few years ago.
Take the poll now and let me know what you think.
More images for you insatiable Idris fans:
I want to get more personal and lay a few things out on the table in the coming year. Let me know which topics interest you the most.
I don’t think I’m going to vote on November 4th. I’ve become one of those people that believes my vote doesn’t count in the grand scheme of things. I know, I know! I’m a woman. I’m Black. There are so many reasons I should vote, but eh. I’m sick of dirty politics.
I usually vote Democrat but I am no longer pledging my allegiance to that party. If I do vote it will be Independent or whatever the hell the alternative is. Voting Republican will never be an option.
Anyway, use the resource below and share with others.
You can now count on the Dangerous Lee Network for more than just great content. Come and stay a while as you play Big Farm and Poker! Both games are free to play so please have a ball and feel free to invite your gamer friends.
I also found something really cool for music lovers, it’s called Sliceofpie. You get paid to review new music! I’ve been on the site for two days and I have already made $1.36. Doesn’t sound like much, but it will add up the more songs I review.
Only $8.64 to go before I can get my first pay out. The only thing I dislike is that you have to review music in genres you don’t like and the review has to be a certain length, but it is fun and most of the music is high quality.
Dangerous Lee Community Member Spotlight: Check out Julie Montagu if you’re into yoga or a plant-based diet. Her book, The Flexi Foodie Cookbook, hits the stores in March 2015.
A lot of cool people are “following” me. It’s time to network this Network! Hmmm, I wonder who will be in the Member Spotlight next…
- Get more food inspiration in our FOOD category.
Hi Julie! Congrats on the book deal. #Keepitdangerous!
Originally posted on The Flexi Foodie:
I’m back!!! Yes, after a LONG hiatus of posting recipes to my blog …. I’m finally back and here to stay! So, first and foremost – an apology for the long hiatus but it was with I hope a good excuse! In the summer, I received a publishing deal to write The Flexi Foodie Cookbook!!!! YAY! It is a dream come true and I am over the moon to share this book with you. So my entire summer was pretty much spend writing recipes and of course the entire book. The photos for the book have turned better than I could have ever imagined – they are beautiful thanks to my amazing photographer and food/prop stylist. Stay tuned…. the book hits the bookshelves 12th March 2015. I will keep you all posted but wanted to quickly say thank you to all of YOU who’ve been reading my blog for…
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After an SMH and eye roll worthy experience I took to Facebook and asked:
Doesn’t matter if you want to “get with” a woman or not, though I’m sure had I given him the time of day he would of tried to get with me and let’s be real, men only say this to women they find attractive or want to get to know better.
Approaching a woman, especially one you don’t know, this way is rude. It comes off as controlling. Just because a women is not smiling doesn’t mean she’s got issues in that moment. Then again, maybe she doesn’t have anything to smile about at that moment either.
Men don’t walk around with a smile on their face all day. Why should we? None of us lives in a world worthy of smiles all day every day.
A smile or lack of one is really not the issue here. It’s like Brian said in an earlier comment: social skills. Just say hello or ask how I am instead of putting an emotion on me before you know anything about me. If you think I look unhappy, try to cheer me up. Say something nice. Starting a conversation with a negative is a turn off. Like they say: keep it simple, stupid.
I’m just telling you how I feel about it, but based on many of the responses, I’m not the only women who does not like it and it’s one of those lines that has been passed on from generation to generation. I can remember my mom complaining about this ages ago when I was a child. It must die. Stop saying it to women. We don’t like it.
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Worldstar Freaks Uncut has uncovered a vast phenomenon for which is rapidly becoming relevant among all aspects within our lives. Trends occur all of the time. However, modern trends have transformed into something of which very few if any people at all have witnessed in life. We are mainly accustomed as a fast-paced and quickly moving society to subconsciously accept and adapt to the traits that others present before our experience.
Originality now defunct you say? Or evolution in unison, rather? In determining our previously inconclusive worldview in respect to trends, Worldstar Freaks Uncut has undergone a more evaluative approach likely to inspire trendsetters to question the status-quo. Regardless of the environment or surrounding region, especially within today’s most densely populated metropolitan fixtures is the influx of society’s vivid and meaningless overall distractions alike.
~What Is Common ‘Ratchet’ Behavior?~
Well, ratchet behavior is definitely on a scale all its own, frequently evading the confining restrictions of the world in which we all dwell. Behavior, though is perceived by so many as nothing more than simply a textbook related word, has internationally excluded the cultural boundaries that have sanctioned the group oriented ideologies, worldly. And although, the masses partake an indifferent approach to their immediate society, reluctantly doing so furthermore indicates the kind of passive mentality exercised by those who will eventually lose their own freedom, unintended.
Common ratchetness, or ratchet-like personalities seemingly transformed for the simple sake of its regular informality. Essentially, every aspect of our lives are turned upside-down to such an extent that we are excited to engage in this new definitive phenomena. Virtually everyone involved within their respective culture, subculture and/or social outlet has their immediate interpretation of the said term.
Travel to any metropolitan region within the continental United States, for example, and you will undoubtedly discover that in most cases indeed, the solid term ‘ratchet’ is ideally suited for those mainly and characteristically marginalized into being perceived by many as “ghetto”. For the latter term merely holds a direct and distinctive quality in terms of general reference. This applies directly to residents who are either economically inept or incapable. Furthermore, in additional regards of incapability, the aforesaid implies the inability for said individual to resourcefully sustain livability, fluctuating comparatively only to that of which is required by measure.
~How Did Being ‘Ratchet’ Become So Popular?~
Whoever said that chivalry was dead was correct! Or, maybe not. However, the popular cliched catchphrase remains exact, in regard to roughly 99% of the current human population. Worldstar Freaks Uncut has even concluded that the internationally renowned community of these ratchet people have since even adopted their own recognizable slogan. But what is fascinating is the attention that ratchet culture continues to maintain. Attracted thereto is the Hollywood culture. Anytime multimillionaires adopt a trend, then it soon thereafter usually is imitated by people of otherwise meager living means, socially. Being ‘ratchet’ basically became popular in the mainstream because there is obviously some sort of gainful approach among those of its origin. Propaganda, as always is the motivational intent for such lackluster means of quality of life.
Ultimately, conducting ratchetness is frowned upon in the professional workplace. Yet, as much resentment as it does receive, those among various segregated societies have partaken in informal behavior. Behavior that can be attributed to what those active in consumerism would probably not disagree. There are specific functions to which others are prone. Certain characteristics account for the actions of ratchetness.
The internet has caused a firestorm as of recent, figuratively referring to the multiple videos in that regard. Surely, no one can rightfully disagree that popularity is accessed potentially through online interaction. And the movement has grown organically through online usage. Ironically, many are not so concerned on capitalizing monetarily in the craze. The latter statement only refers comparatively to other prior trends that have transformed to exploitative nomenclature, enduringly.
“This whole ‘ratchet’ movement began with ‘reality’ television shows, as well as various media outlets. MTV, BET, Vh1 and all other corporate entities promote the agenda to destroy the American set of family values. It is rather absurd; the twerking, promotion of promiscuity directed towards little girls, etc. I mean, this really is a twilight zone that we are living in right now.
~ MTV Program Director
After catching up with those in the know in terms of solicitation, Worldstar Freaks Uncut learned that a vast majority of non-independent music artistry is propaganda related fodder. The wealthy and elite are knowingly administering unhealthy trends, according to credible sources within nationally syndicated film, television and media. Who are we to argue? But who exactly stands to gain from all of this? We were informed during our investigation that the culprit is hidden in plain view. Actually, we received opposing views and opinions additionally.
One thing however is certain; the chain of command definitely does not end with corporate executives, albeit music, film, nor otherwise. There are hidden media tycoons that indeed control foreign policy, as well as literally dictating the outcome of future worldly events even. For they are known simply as the ‘Elite’. The masses have only heard stories about them, until now.
By Gina Silva
Could you be a racist without even knowing it? It’s a question I ask because almost no one ever admits to being racist. In fact, when confronted on the topic, many will say, “What are you talking about? I don’t have one racist bone in my body.” I want to believe it, but actions speak louder than words.
Thanks to Facebook, I reconnected with a friend I hadn’t seen in more than 20 years.
One day, I went to an early dinner with his family. His son talked about wanting a bacon milkshake that Jack in the Box had just introduced. After our meal, I suggested we all go to Jack to get that shake. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a clue where the nearest fast food joint was located. As we were walking to our cars around 6pm, I saw two black kids heading our direction. They were just minding their own business, talking to each other. I stopped them to ask, “Hey guys, do you know where the nearest Jack in the Box is?” They were cool and gave us the directions we needed. They went on their way and so did we. Suddenly I heard, “I can’t believe you just did that!!” I had no clue what he was talking about. “We could have been stabbed or killed. You could have been raped and I don’t want get into a fight, Gina. My kids are here.”
My jaw dropped. He had an issue with me because I asked two black kids for directions. When I explained his reaction was racist and ridiculous, he denied any wrongdoing. He added, “You don’t know what they could be hiding.”
I remember his own kids saying, “Dad, that’s racial profiling.” Still, he didn’t get it. And I’m sure he never will. If you ask him, he’s not racist.
Is it possible that unless you’ve been racially profiled yourself, you may not be aware of what exactly that is or how it feels? Maybe, that is why some people are able to dismiss it so easily.
When I mentioned this story to a photographer friend, he said, “Maybe he’s not racist. Maybe he’s just afraid.”
What do you think? Please share your thoughts on this issue. Is it racial profiling or is it something else? Have you ever been a victim of it or done it to someone? Share your experiences. I’ll write a follow up on your responses.
Am I the only Black woman not offended by @Lesdoggg‘s slavery skit on SNL?
— DangerousLee Network (@DangerousLee) May 5, 2014
The real issue is that a lot of people do not get her brand of humor. I got it! I laughed, especially when she continued to birth famous athletes. I mean, c’mon it’s the truth!
If you have no idea what I am talking about consider yourself lucky or just Google it.
Social networks are amazing at keeping you in contact with your friends and families at all times. Back in the day, we had to call someone on their home phone in the hope that they may pick up, or rock up at their house in the hopes they may be home, only to ring the doorbell and find no one there. Nowadays finding out where anyone is and what he or she is doing is a text message, mobile phone call, WhatsApp, Skype call or Facebook message away. Great for staying in contact but it also has become a crutch on society and even been referred to as “an infectious disease”.
Nowadays with knowing exactly where your friends are and whom they are with constantly via the tap of a finger or click of a mouse, has basically turned us into a society of over-sharers. There are two types of sufferers, the people who do the over-sharing, and the people who overly consume what is shared.
“Here, let me update 3 social media networks before I even get out of bed”
There are quite a few social networks, but the most influential are the following: Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Google+. LinkedIn. Chances are you not only are accessing at least one of these a day, but you are actively posting on others too. So to see if you are an over-sharer, I think if you answer yes to any of the following questions, it may be time to slow down with the constant updates which are spamming your friends and followers time lines:
- Have you posted at least five updated statuses, and it isn’t even 10am
– Have you posted three pictures of things you have done today, not only on a single network, but multiple networks?
– Have you commented on statuses and comments with your own opinion about something you are not directly involved in?
– Have you liked each and every post and made a comment about how great whatever you liked is and how you also have/want the same thing
There is nothing wrong with the occasional post about a great restaurant you are at, and the amazing meal that is sitting in front of you, but most of your friends and family (and strangers who you have met just once and made friends with for no reason) do not need to know that you just woke up, had a great breakfast, were stuck in traffic on the way to work, relieved you got to work, having a great day at work, ate a sandwich for lunch, hate office politics, cannot wait to get home, finally got home, watching your favorite series, and about to jump into bed. If that sounds like your average day on social media networks with regards to what you are posting, it is probably best to dull it down a bit.
“I know what you did last summer”
Even though you may not be an over-sharer, you may still suffer from over-sharing syndrome. Picture this scenario, you meet up with a friend who you have not seen in ages and the conversation kicks off. Now, your friend is an over sharer, and you, read everything and anything that gets posted on your social networks, so you are able to finish every story they tell two minutes into hearing it. Sadly people who show these signs, are often seen to have addictive personalities, so it may be something to keep an eye on.
So try and stay away from the clutter that is your timeline. Only check in a few times a day, and only follow and friend the people who you actually going to add some value to your life or you really care about. For all the others, unfriend them or worst case, just hide their feeds from your timeline, as it is one way to stop being forced to hear how Jane and John’s kid is finally on solids. Your settings are key here, and you can get some web privacy software to manage your privacy, just to give you some indication of how much you are sharing in the online world.
Cut it out
The rule of thumb is this, if it is not adding value to anyone else’s life, then you should not post it. So think about it, if you are about to post something online that if you read on someone else’s profile and think it is arbitrary, would you still post it?
The fact you can link your Facebook to your Twitter account and Instagram to Facebook, does not mean you should. Keep your Facebook for staying in contact with friends and family, use Twitter to follow the people you are interested in and post insightful anecdotes, and just use Instagram for your photos. Chances are your friends are already follow you on all of the platforms, so no point in spamming them, and if they really wanted to see what you had for lunch, at least they will know not to follow your Instagram account.
By Sam Wright
Sam Wright is a business journalist based in Norwich, Norfolk.