Last updated January 30, 2018 at 9:49 am
Catch up on net neutrality
It’s time to wake up, sheeple.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US has proposed an order that will remove net neutrality protections introduced in 2015.
Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) treat everyone’s data equally. All data or content gets sent at the same speed so sites don’t get blocked or throttled. This includes things like TV show streaming services or gaming. Understandably, these are all good things. You get what you pay for.
But without net neutrality we could see different bundles, different access, different apps, all packaged up differently make it harder for consumers to make comparisons between ISPs.
The problem with removing net neutrality means that ISPs can start charging online companies extra to use their delivery pipes and infrastructure. This could have serious effects for individuals when those companies start passing on the costs to consumers.
The current argument from the FCC chairman is that the net neutrality regulations hinder corporate innovation. However, without net neutrality it would be harder for start-ups to complete against established online companies which may partner up with ISPs. With all this, it could lead to less competition and less need for innovation.
Whether or not the FCC’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order vote will come out with the repeal of net neutrality is unknown. But there are definitely many critics, with over 20 internet pioneers, including the inventor of the World Wide Web, writing an open letter to the FCC to delay or reconsider the vote.
Attractiveness in males, unattractiveness in scientific studies
A new study posits that men who look strong are more attractive to women. Their evidence suggests that being tall helps, while being overweight hurts. The research involved showing 150 women images of male torsos, and having them rate their attractiveness. All three researchers, from Griffith University and California State University, were men.
We take issue with this study on several levels.
Firstly, we find it shallow and, for want of a better word, gross. If the genders were reversed, we’d be calling out this study for objectification. We’re concerned studies like this only serve to make people feel bad about their appearance.
Secondly, we suspect a fundamental misunderstanding of male attractiveness to females from the male authors. The perspective has zoomed in too far, and all it ends up showing is what makes a more attractive disembodied torso, not what makes a more attractive man.
The information gleaned from this study doesn’t offer men anything of value for their interactions with women. Men who use this as motivation to strengthen their torso are likely to be disappointed when women don’t fall at their feet. Men without strong torsos could easily blame any lack of female interest on this and see women as shallow.
The social climate we find ourselves in makes it more important than ever for men to listen to women, and value their input, and respect their experiences.
Check out the article about debunking attraction science here.
Crush of the Week: Riko Muranaka
Riko Muranaka is a Japanese doctor and journalist who just won the 2017 John Maddox prize, which is awarded for promoting science and evidence to the public. Riko is standing up to enormous social pressure in Japan by promoting HPV vaccination.