The Spinning Disks of Internet Slowdown Day Explained

If you find this useful please share it!


If you go just about anywhere online today, September 10th, 2014, you will find yourself encountering all sorts of banners and graphics of spinning disks (or spinning discs, take your pick), that exhort you to affix your name to a petition to support net neutrality.

The primary organization behind this is the Battle for the Net, an organization that is championing net neutrality.

The way that they are doing this is by sponsoring the Internet Slowdown day, where all sites that are participating in the Internet slow down day display a banner or other graphic of a spinning disk (the universal symbol for “my computer is taking its own sweet time”), to hook into the annoyance that you will inevitably feel at seeing that spinning disk (Pavlovian social engineering). The banners than urge you to “take action” or “sign & send”, referring to the petition.


internet slowdown day spinning disk disc

(Article continues below)
Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles for free!
Or Read Internet Patrol Articles Right in Your Inbox!
as Soon as They are Published! Only $1 a Month!

Imagine being able to read full articles right in your email, or on your phone, without ever having to click through to the website unless you want to! Just $1 a month and you can cancel at any time!
The Spinning Disks of Internet Slowdown Day Explained


Says the Battle for the Net site, “Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as the most hated companies in America. Now, they’re attacking the Internet – their one competitor and our only refuge–with plans to charge websites arbitrary fees and slow (to a crawl) any sites that won’t pay up. If they win, the Internet dies.”

Sounds pretty dire, doesn’t it?


They go on to explain that “We believe in the free and open Internet, with no arbitrary fees or slow lanes for sites that can’t pay.”

Now, net neutrality is a divisive issue at best. There are cogent arguments on all sides. Maintaining an infrastructure to transit enormous amounts of Internet traffic is not without a cost, and traditionally a business is allowed to pass on costs to its customers. The fear here, of course, is that rather than just passing along costs, the big cable and other Internet providers will create a class system, where businesses who can afford to pay for first class service will get speedier connections, and others won’t.

We believe that you should make up your own mind. So by all means sign the net neutrality pledge – or don’t – but whatever action you take, do it based on informed opinion, not a visceral response.

No Paywall Here!
The Internet Patrol is and always has been free. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to run the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep the Internet Patrol free? Thank you!

The Spinning Disks of Internet Slowdown Day Explained

Get notified of new Internet Patrol articles!

If you find this useful please share it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *