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That is Charlie Dean, a 13-year old filmmaker, designer and storyteller who creates stuff here in an apparent attempt to make everyone over 30 feel like an underachiever. He recorded this net neutrality primer—and FCC call to action—for Films on the Fence, where other kids are making us feel rather bleak about our own accomplishments.

Charlie makes some very good points here, like this:

It's actually a pretty big issue. The made the internet what it is today because start-ups like YouTube and Facebook get noticed, and become big. […] How are internet start-ups like that going to get noticed if they're going to be slowed down or blocked by Comcast or Verizon in favor of the bigger companies? Hint: they're not. […]

Right now the internet is classified as a Title I communications service. This is called an information service. That's like television, something being broadcast at you. That's probably not the best classification of the internet, which is why we need to push for the FCC to reclassify broadband services as Title II communications. Title II classification is stuff like telephones, where information is going both ways and both parties are contributing equally. The FCC would then have the power to regulate net neutrality. Which would be good.

Before the internet, people didn't have a way to share the things they make with everyone because it was just television, and television is difficult to get on. But now that the internet's here, any film student can share their terrible student film with everyone. And I think that's important. Everyone has the power now to share the things they make. But now the ISPs are trying to take that way from us, which is why we need the FCC to reclassify the internet. Okay, bye.

Kid's got a great future ahead of him. Even more so if he still has a free and open internet available to him. If you haven't already, send your comments supporting net neutrality and broadband reclassification to the FCC. You can use the FCC comments page; the inbox they set up specifically for this issue,; and with Daily Kos's petition.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 02:10 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (35+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 02:10:00 PM PDT

  •  smart kid, the next Spielberg /nt (4+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 02:20:00 PM PDT

  •  Love the video...and the cause. (6+ / 0-)

    Thanks, Joan.

  •  very smart and funny too (6+ / 0-)

    just what they need to get clicks.

    Why aren't YOU clicking on the video now? And did I mention your friends and acquaintances too? Total strangers and anyone ele you can drag to see it.

    You win elections in only one way. You get YOUR voters to show up and vote in greater numbers than the other guys - and get them counted.

    by daddybunny on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:08:46 PM PDT

  •  good thing I was a kid (4+ / 0-)

    in the olden days.  I am way too dumb to be a kid today.

    Impressive film.

  •  Failure of Communication (2+ / 0-)
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    ditsylilg, hbk

    "Title II classification is stuff like telephones, where information is going both ways and both parties are contributing equally."

    I'm pretty literate when it comes to this stuff, but I was never aware of this distinction.  Why is it that a 13 year old is having to explaining this to us?

    Every tax dollar that ends up in the pocket of the profiteers is a tax dollar not in the service of the taxpayer.

    by Bugboy on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:11:23 AM PDT

    •  I was struck by that, too (2+ / 0-)
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      Television: talking at you. Telephone: contributing equally.

      What a succinct explanation.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

      by Joan McCarter on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:19:24 AM PDT

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    •  You know, it might just be that ONLY a 13 (3+ / 0-)
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      year old could explain it in an understandable way.

      "If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." Moshe Dayan

      by TParrish on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 08:27:33 AM PDT

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      •  I hear ya... (0+ / 0-)

        I talk to the press all the time about mosquitoes, and I make a concerted effort not to get too technical.  Even so, the reporters frequently misunderstand what I am saying or just plain get it wrong.

        Every tax dollar that ends up in the pocket of the profiteers is a tax dollar not in the service of the taxpayer.

        by Bugboy on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 09:14:54 AM PDT

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  •  out of the (1+ / 0-)
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    mouths of babes, the problem is the babes are right and the supposed leaders that are in charge of business are in it for themselves and have no interest in the rest of us and us are really the ones who make all business viability possible.

  •  Sorry, but it looks to me like Mom was behind (0+ / 0-)

    the whole thing, and probably wrote the entire script.  You can hear her in the background coaching him.  This kid will make a great politician.

    •  Hey "friend" (2+ / 0-)
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      Dear unsuspecting person hiding behind their username,

      It seems you've stumbled across this article and have said something or other about a parent behind this work. Now comes the point where I tell you how you're wrong, offensive, and just plain criminal to the human race in a definitely not over dramatic, but lengthy, response. You're three sentences have offended me and make me want to go on a killing spree, which if you haven't figured out, is exaggeration. Nonetheless, they are offensive and rude. Firstly, assumptions. Don't make assumptions like that made in your first sentence. "The mom was behind whole thing, and probably wrote the script." Sure, you may think this. But, you'd be dead wrong. Think, and maybe use a tad of common sense too when you right things down intended for others to read. If you'd put any effort into clicking the links, and heading to the boy's (and his friend's) channel you would've seen that their films are top notch, high quality. There's a certain charm that runs through them, as they are kids. But they create comedy. By teens, and for everyone. See, what you've made a crucial mistake is about the themes in their videos. They often joke about how idiotic the human race is for thinking adults reign supreme and children are the generation existing to be slaves. If the mother truly wrote the script, would the video include the clip with the mother, obviously holding in the joke that the mother is there, helping with his speech. This video evidently had a comedic side  mixed in with the learning. What I just pulled out my throat and fingers is that you are too quick to assume and the "kid" is obviously using it as a joke, in the bloopers. The mother was present. All you've "realized" in your smug manner is that children legally have to live with a guardian. Well, done! Practically Einstein. So, I proved you wrong and also explained that you think you're smart and you're quite the opposite. But there's more too it. You said the mother was coaching him, when obviously not true. And why would the mother even want him to make the video. THINK. And if you're not very good at thinking, which you clearly aren't, try not speaking.

      Let's get to offensive. Assuming parents would write things for children to read, and doubting the intelligence of thirteen-year-old is plain ageist. Ageism is nearly as bad as racism and sexism. Some would disagree. But that's what I always. Don't treat people differently because they are a certain age. Don't argue. And don't respond to this, unless to apologize. As you read this, you probably imagined a man, aged similar to yourself, but disagreeing heavily with you. I'm thirteen years old. Young people can do things. Don't deny it. And don't say otherwise. We live in the 21st century. Deal with it. So now we've established you're offensive to the boy, Charlie. Now let's get into why I just wrote 2 paragraphs. Because I was offended. As a young person, I don't want people telling me my dreams are unachievable or impossible, even if they are. There's already enough discrimination as is. Don't join the party. And there you go. That's my response. I make videos with my friend Charlie. I'm the youngest author in the world. And the owner of a filmmaking business, as aforementioned.

      Good day Sir and/or Sirette!

      •  Your knee-jerk response makes me think even (0+ / 0-)

        more that my initial suspicion is correct.  And I still contend that the kid will make a great politician, which is supposed to be a compliment.

        •  A response (0+ / 0-)

          Not to start a debate or anything, but I thought the part with me talking to my Mom was pretty clearly a joke. It's interesting how you interpreted it differently.

        •  Another "response" (0+ / 0-)

          I know I can't win this argument, what with your cold words and your lack of a soul, but you have no sense of humor and are plain and simple offensive.


          Parents behind kids words? Or are the kids really actually talented? Haha! That'd be hilarious. But since I don't want my position in this world in terms of intelligence, threatened by this lesser being, a kid– I refuse to believe it!


          You're wrong, and you can't bear to face that a younger generation could be more intelligent than you thought, or even that you're wrong to begin with... I'll think of you every night when I throw darts at a picture of your face!

    •  You need to look at some of his other work (1+ / 0-)
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      This video is far from his first. I doubt mom is the motivating force.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:46:02 PM PDT

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  •  His mannerisms, though, are those of TED talks ... (0+ / 0-)

    His mannerisms, though, are those of TED talks and video shysters, a poor model for authentic communication. It pains me to see a bright kid imitating glib adult self-promoters.

  •  And we're worried that the millenials aren't (2+ / 0-)
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    engaged?  HA!!

    "We know too much to go back and pretend" - Helen Reddy (humble cosmos shaker)

    by ditsylilg on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 09:17:34 AM PDT

    •  But but but... (0+ / 0-)

      This kid was born one year outside of the millenials generation.

      Just being pedantic, don't mind me.... *walks away whistling*

      We are all students and teachers. I often ask myself: "What did I come here to learn, and what did I come to teach?"

      by nerafinator on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 05:43:18 PM PDT

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  •  Great diary, and thanks so much for the direct (1+ / 0-)
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    quotes.  My computer can't play videos.  (I think it runs on steam.)

    In Georgia, acting the fool with a gun is not only legal, it is encouraged by the governor and the state legislature.

    by Mayfly on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 10:14:31 AM PDT

  •  I Left a Comment (0+ / 0-)

    NOW it's two-way!

  •  He gets his titles wrong (1+ / 0-)
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    So he thinks television is Title I?  Guess what -- it's not. It's Title III.  That's a whole body of law regulating television and radio and all uses of the radio spectrum.

    Title I basically describes the organization of the FCC and has the definitions of the terms used in the law.  They use the term here because it essentially does not regulating.  Information service is defined there.  Title II is common carriers.  (Section 706 is not even part of the Communications Act; it thus is not in any of its Titles.)

    The FCC went astray in the 2000s by reclassifying the telecommunications used by ISPs as being Information Service. The law is actually pretty clear; Information Service is the payload of telecommunications.  The Republican-led FCC ignored that in using a vertically-integrated "you are what you carry" model instead.  That should be fixed; the wire to the home should be Title II.  But not the Internet itself.  There is no clear boundary inside the Internet between the content services and the IP packet transport; those are all Information Services.  The NN crowd often misses that distinction.

  •  At Least He Knows What He's Talking About (0+ / 0-)

    Which puts him ahead of the FCC and the courts, by an awful lot of bytes.

  •  Internet (0+ / 0-)

    Placing the Internet in the hands of the people ranks right up there with the development of the printing press. One can see why the political in crowd,despots and tyrants the world over would want it controlled or shut down.
    Politicans,Businesses and Liars of all stripes can be exposed instantly and their power and control is converted into the hands of the people.
    This mess needs to be cleared up to ensure the population maintains a free access to this valuable freedom of speech and ideas.

  •  Love it! (0+ / 0-)

    Charlie Dean 2044. He might just get my vote if he continues on this amazing trajectory.

    We are all students and teachers. I often ask myself: "What did I come here to learn, and what did I come to teach?"

    by nerafinator on Sat Jun 28, 2014 at 05:40:50 PM PDT

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