The Significance of the Moral Stance

At what point does it become ok to benefit from accepting someone else’s immoral decisions? *sigh*

I’m a Netflix subscriber.  I like the service.  I’ve never experienced speed issues because I pay for the bandwidth…it’s never been an issue.  The Net Neutrality issue – for the larger part – has not impacted me.

Until now.  See, now Netflix has succumbed to the unreasonable demands of the monopolistic cable industry.  They’ve paid the blackmail.  They have accepted the responsibility to pay for “fast lanes”, which means that people/companies that can’t afford to pay?  Well, they just get screwed.  It’s a new barrier to entry for small startups with good ideas.

The “moral” thing, I guess, would be to cancel my subscription.  After all, that’s how we’re supposed to “effect change”, right?  By putting our money where our mouth(s) is/are?  But…you know…I really enjoy the service.  Enjoyed.

So ok,  this might be nitpicking.  After all, we accept the same sorts of immoral decisions (and far far worse) from our politicians and our Nation, right?  Well, yes, but for me that’s mostly because despite all of that it’s still the best game in town.  As unbalanced as it is, it’s more fair than most other countries.  As corrupt as it is, it’s less corrupt than most of the other games.  Unsafe?  More safe than most.  Etc.  The importance of the Freedom of Speech cannot be underestimated, and guess what folks – we’ve got the best damned one.  This blog is possible because of it (that would probably be more relevant if there were a large number of readers (ok ok, which would probably happen if there were more frequent posts)).

But with Netflix it’s less clear of a decision.  I could certainly benefit from the time gained by not watching “tv” all of the damned time.  I’m sure I’d probably lose weight too, but there are still video games, so it may be a wash 🙂

I think I’ll need to cancel the account.  I’ve done so much and come so far for eliminating those negative elements from my life.  Whenever possible, I don’t support them.  And this is, I think, a perfect illustration.  GoDaddy doesn’t host my websites (they supported SOPA and PIPA), Google doesn’t host my email (they harvest my data and sell it) and they aren’t even my search engine anymore (DuckDuckGo FTW).  I am not a fan of having Verizon (or AT&T, formerly) as my cell phone provider, but again, it’s a matter of fewer choices available.  A new server may provide me the ability to host my own phone service, in which case my contract becomes irrelevant.  Maybe.  We’ll see.  Anyway, I see that as I temporary evil anyway – I keep my phone service because I kinda need it for my job.  Those times may be soon coming to an end, however, as my job doesn’t really require it anymore.  There is progress to be made, but I’m making it.

Netflix though, has skirted the borders of ethical behavior in the past.  There have been quite a few reversals when their customers were asked, though, indicating that their bottom line is important.

This time though, they took a queue from the Government:  They didn’t ask for our opinion.  They knew what our answer was.  They know what the People want.  They know what’s “fair” and “right” and all of that.  But hey….it’s easier to give the bullies your milk money than start your day off with a fat lip and a lot of awkward questions.

Keep your eyes open for a new blog post – we bought a new house, it’s an unexpected story 😉

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