Mashable Poll: Is the Internet a Fundamental Right?

I think that Sam Axon asks a very important question… Should the internet be something free and open to all? I voted, “Yes, but mainly because the free flow of information is necessary to preserve other liberties”.

Internet freedoms were in the headlines earlier this year after Google threatened to quit China, the world’s biggest Internet market, over strict censorship rules.

Just like we are all granted certain rights to freedoms – I wouldn’t say that the internet is a “fundamental right” – because time and time again, we have seen people abuse it and post hate and crime and other unmentionable things. Just like your parents can take away your car keys and your browsing privileges, I think that you can “lose” your right to surf the internet…

Now do I think that right should be managed by the government? Heck no! But there has to be some “third-party” that can put one on probation or “ground” them temporarily for breaking the law or taking away other people’s right to freedoms. Unfortunately I don’t think this “third-party” exists without biases.

One interesting fact (from the many) in this article was that according to the poll, over 70 percent of respondents in Japan, Mexico and Russia said they could not live without the Internet. Have you ever tried to live one day without internet? Better yet, in college I remember my professor once dared us all to do one day without technology – we turned off the televisions, closed down the laptops and had to find something else to entertain us and keep us busy… The only thing I could come up with was sitting still because I figured as soon as I started moving, there was some piece of technology affecting my being – music on the radio, car to get somewhere, cell phone ringing – it was impossible to avoid… Would I DIE without internet? No. Would I function without internet? Not at all.


March 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

What’s Your Google Profile?

I was watching the Academy Awards this weekend and during the Best Actor presentation, one of the presenters said, “If you were to Google X’s name, you’d see…” – Made me think… What is MY Google profile?

You have your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook profile, your Twitter profile, your blog profile, etc… But what happens when someone meets you and decides the first thing to look up is your Google profile?


I decided to check out my Google profile and here’s what I came up with:
The Good:
– My Facebook profile and some other Meghan Beattie’s profile link (mine was above hers so I must be more important than her).
– My Qik profile which I just signed up for two weeks ago and haven’t visited lately because they don’t support my BBM yet.
– My Amazon profile from when I was in college and thought commenting on reviews of classroom sociology books was cool… Was that ever cool?
– Many other crazy social media site profiles I’ve created… Including my “late” blog entries – I’m still bitter Blogger. Still bitter.


The Not as Good:
– “Meghan Beattie” from Canada – can be very confusing since I am also Canadian but left when I was 5… Therefore, no, I’m not  living in Ontario and no, I don’t have multiple children… At least none I know of…
– An article  from my college paper from when I studied abroad. My friends and I were threatened the night before the London bombings on a bus by a guy who screamed “You’re going to die on this bus tomorrow” – very eery.
– This other crazy college article about how I convinced our favorite local bar to “up” their security at the door because I didn’t want the youngsters hanging out there – I wasn’t popular after that one hit the wire. Haha.

Overall, I’m pleased with my Google profile because a) It’s mostly ME and not other “Meghan Beattie”s – and b) I feel like my Google profile holds up pretty accurately to who I am and the things I broadcast as MY passions.


Here’s another fun game that is being passed around Facebook right now: Google search –  “(your name) needs”

Meghan needs:
Meghan needs a savage beating
Meghan needs a cup of vodka
Meghan needs a boyfriend
Meghan needs to rag on granny some more
Meghan needs help as she has been caught in the middle of a conspiracy.

False, True, True, False, True

February 25, 2009. Tags: , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.