Daily Archives: January 15, 2014

Orwell’s Internet: A future where public access to YouTube can be blocked by ISPs

Animal FarmAmerican net neutrality rules which stated that all internet service providers (ISPs) were to give consumers equal access to all available and lawful content have been overturned.

This means that ISPs could potentially blackmail high traffic content providers like YouTube and Netflix into paying for faster and reliable access to their web content. And any disagreement over fees could allow ISPs to limit or block public access to those websites altogether.

Some internet traffic is more equal than others

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‘OFF-TOPIC: The Story of an Internet Revolt’ Now Available in Paperback

OFF-TOPIC: The Story of an Internet Revolt


ISBN: 9781304575197

Now available from Amazon [ US | UK ], The Book Depository [ US | UK ] and other retailers.

My Review

Can I Change Your Mind?: The Craft and Art of Persuasive Writing by Lindsay Camp

Can I Change Your Mind?: The Craft and Art of Persuasive WritingRating:

Answer: Not really.

I’ve wanted to brush up on my persuasive writings skills for a while as it’s something I’ve been using quite a bit in recent months and I always failed that part of my English language studies at school. I picked two books: this one (obtained from the library) and Persuasive Writing: How to Harness the Power of Words¬†(which I bought). I’m glad I made this decision.

Can I Change Your Mind? isn’t as useful as I was hoping, whereas quickly flicking through my other choice saw me finding some very clear and immediately handy tips. Of the four sections, the first is the worst. The layout and formatting didn’t help which is notably better in Persuasive Writing. Camp rambles so I skimmed, proving him right that ‘the reader never reads from start to finish’, but helpfully, someone who’d read this book previously had underlined the key points in pencil. Defacing a book is wrong, but in this case, acceptable.

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