Here’s the third part of our series on Net Neutrality and Urban Music, written by hip-hop journalist Eric K. Arnold. The article offers an in-depth look at what the open internet means to the urban music community.
Not long ago, FMC asked journalist Eric K. Arnold to write an article about net neutrality and the urban music community. (Eric previously wrote about the impact of media consolidation on urban music; check out that piece here.)
We weren’t sure if the hip-hop world was familiar with net neutrality, but figured there might be a connection between the scene’s entrepreneurial, anti-censorship spirit and the open internet — which allows free expression and gives everyone the same level of access, whether they’re a huge company or a bedroom beat-maker. read more
Hip-hop has always been about getting the word out, by any means necessary. In the past this meant dealing with all kinds of intermediaries â€” those gatekeepers at major labels, radio stations, video outlets and magazines who decide which talent rises from the streets to the mainstream. With the Internet, todayâ€™s hip-hop artists are taking the hustle into their own hands, finding new ways to connect their words and rhymes with potential audiences without interference or censorship.
This way of digital life might not last forever. Powerful companies that provide your Internet hookup (Internet Service Providers, or ISPs) are looking to alter the fundamental way the web works, by deciding the wheres, whos and hows of information exchange.Thatâ€™s why public interest groups, technology experts, innovators and creative types are fighting to preserve net neutrality â€” the principle that protects the open internet.
In this article, hip-hop journalist Eric Arnold reports on net neutrality’s effect on the hip-hop community. read more