Interesting how when a media corporation makes a move to increase the scope of its influence and profitability, there exists the tendency for this type of populist outrage. Yet, when Congress passes a bill creating dozens of new administrative agencies with the power to regulate every facet of our lives — see, e.g., light bulbs, toilets, breathing (yes, according to the Supreme Court, the EPA has the power to regulate/tax/penalize the gas we all exhale), etc. — not a single word is uttered by the same people who call for Comcast’s figurative neck. Here’s the crucial difference:
With Comcast, you can choose not to give them your business. Whine all you want about your favorite show being on NBC or Bravo. If the product Comcast delivers is something you want, but you object to their business model, that’s not their problem until you stop paying them. It is 100% up to you. But you can not opt-out of being under the jurisdiction of your government. Sure, some of you are saying, “yes you can: leave if you don’t like it so much!” Well yes, you could leave if its that bad. But we have a special word for people who have to do that. They are called refugees. It’s a little bit more of an imposition than switching from cable to satellite, wouldn’t you say?