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Ted Cruz gets the Oatmeal treatment in funny send-up of net neutrality rant

How did net neutrality become such rich fodder for comedy? First John Oliver did it with an HBO rant over “cable company f***ery,” and now Oatmeal cartoonist Matthew Inman has slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) for an ill-informed tweet about net neutrality.

Cruz’s tweet came in response to President Obama’s surprising announcement on Monday in support of net neutrality. Cruz tweeted:

Inman then suggested the Texas Senator was a tool of the telecom lobby:

I know that you accepted a lot of funds from Comcast last year. In exchange. I’m guessing they required you to scrawl a 140-character, myopic, partisan shit-smear all over an idea which everyone can benefit from. But you shouldn’t.

The cartoonist also explained how the absence of net neutrality rules allows Comcast to throttle websites like Netflix, and depicts the resulting rage this can engender in consumers:

Screenshot of Oatmeal re Net Neutrality

Much like Oliver did this summer, Inman uses humor to provide a sophisticated and accessible account of the technical and political dimensions of the net neutrality debate. Cartoons like this also show how the unpopularity of ISP’s like Comcast will make it harder for those companies to use their political clout to push policy decisions.

The strategy of big telecom firms has been to equate net neutrality with “regulation” and other Republican bugbears but, as more consumers become familiar with the issue, it will become harder for the companies to rely on such talking points.

You can get a full rundown of what the web is saying about President Obama’s surprising net neutrality announcement here, and read more about the legal and political implications here.

8 Responses to “Ted Cruz gets the Oatmeal treatment in funny send-up of net neutrality rant”

  1. Rann Xeroxx

    Just like you see more conservative minded people on Wall Street or the military, you find more liberal leaning people in the tech industry. Always understand your own bias (myself, I am libertarian so I have to mind my hands off bias). Obama is not “right” on his comments but also not wrong. Its very complex. ACA (ObamaCare) is the same in that my personal opinion is its a mess of a law and should have passed in piece meal with 100% transparency and the goal to keep as much government out as possible.

    • Scott Woodward

      Yo. Another Texan here. I think Ted Cruz is brazenly and shamelessly lying to the people who voted him into office so he can act as a corporate mouthpiece for Comcast. He is a complete disgrace and an embarrassment to my state.

  2. The problem is, BS or not, the “Obamacare for the Internet” meme is a good one that will capture a lot of people. Just another example of how Republicans do messaging better than Democrats.

    • Jesse James Richard

      Interesting take. His post has 15,000 likes and about 5,000 comments, 99% of which are egregiously in conflict with his sentiments. Your post has me thinking about that.