Net Neutrality – why so serious

I’ve been a bit busy the past few days running around with catering jobs and family events, so I haven’t had much time to write.  However, I listen to NPR as often as I can while driving now, since I was reminded when I moved back to Chicago how much the radio sucks these days.  And today, I was driving from the University of Chicago to come across a segment on Net Neutrality.

My boyfriend and I have been talking about this recently too (more like him explaining to me the details I knew nothing about), and it seems to be a hot topic on various websites obviously, but not on the news.  Why is this not being reported on as much?  Why is it that this doesn’t seem to be serious enough to cause a stir in the media outside of Reddit?  I honestly didn’t hear about this until I saw it on Reddit.  So I’m just wondering why this lacks importance in this country?

Some people might ask about the concern behind these questions, and trust me, there is a lot of concern.  This is the INTERNET people.  A technology that allows for open information to become available to ANYONE.  I apologize for the caps, but I feel it’s necessary.  I understand there are a lot of people out there taking this very seriously, but c’mon world!  Is it really not a problem for people that a capitalistic system will be taking over the internet, therefore making it a competitive field?  It doesn’t bother people that we might have to pay extra to get the internet we want, however already have today for free?  The fact that we already have internet service providers to pay is absurd, but now there will be priority based bandwidth to haggle for as well?

This is bullshit.  So Listen, the internet is the last free frontier for people to share information and ideas.  It is a scary thought that it might be controlled and regulated by the powers that be.  Recognize and do something about it people!

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Jobs. The unemployed life of a 22 year old (Part 2)

So, to continue the rant I started earlier, I want to revisit how college brought us nowhere.  As bleak as that sounds.  However, I’ll reflect on my own personal experiences.

To get by and pay  for rent, food, various spending, furniture, bike repairs, and everything else…oh man, everything else…I got into the food industry.  First, I was a hostess at an Indian restaurant, then a server and cashier at a pizza place for a couple years, and finally became a bartender and have been sticking to that for the past 2 and half years.  I’ve always wanted to bartend for some reason, so I can never complain about it.  It’s great money, easy, and fun.

But isn’t it funny that a large majority of college students actually end up in the food industry for awhile?…“Oh you graduated college?  Great, take these burgers to table 24 for 3 years.”

Nevertheless, all that work took up a lot of my time in college.  It affected my studies, took away from the chance to participate in extracurricular activities, and didn’t free up my schedule to take up internships.  Now, the food industry is nice.  They’ll hire you if you don’t have a degree yet.  The Department of Agriculture most likely won’t even consider you unless you’ll work for free.  So I didn’t have much of a choice.  Did most people?…Not really.  Because of this, my resume isn’t ideal.

And that’s what I’m stuck with.  Applying online to hundreds of jobs (currently I’m at 192) with only my resume and a lousy cover letter to show for everything I did the past 22 years.  I graduated with my school saying “You have your degree!  Jobs will come begging for you!”…but then I had to realize after traveling that indeed a Bachelor’s Degree means the same a high school degree.  College is the new high school.

It doesn’t mean anything anymore!  One my closest friends never went to college and had the same exact catering gig that I had in New York.  Now he’s traveling through Southeast Asia and loving life.  He is more financially secure than I am.  What.

Here’s an example (that probably everyone knows now) of what employers are actually looking for: http://www.naceweb.org/about-us/press/skills-qualities-employers-want.aspx

Now, can anyone tell me they actually learn all of those qualities from college?  I would say probably not.  Definitely not.

So this is life these days.  We get in heaps of debt to pay for 18 years of school that teach us information on random subjects that have nothing to do with practical, real-life situations.  Then, we’re expected to graduate with impeccable grades, already having some sort of professional experience with no pay, expected to know how to pay our taxes, and have a grasp on leadership, teamwork,  and selling techniques which is what Employers actually look for.

It seems that something is amiss…