A survey “of more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries” found that half the respondents “strongly agreed” that Internet access is a fundamental right, and another almost-30% “somewhat agreed.” The conclusion does not surprise me, but it comes with breathtaking rapidity. For most of humankind twenty years ago the Internet was at most a dim blip on the horizon. Now most adults consider Internet access on the same plane as clean water, sewage disposal, free speech, and proximity to Starbucks. Remarkable. I doubt anything else has acquired fundamental-right status in so short a time.
Maybe not Starbucks. How about premium ice cream? No classes on Friday? Clips from The Daily Show?