I love pie. Apple pie, pumpkin pie, lemon meringue pie, coconut pie, pecan pie, really goopy, syrupy pecan pie, cherry pie and blueberry pie. I love meat pies, too. When you break the pastry, thin as the ice in April, and underneath is all this steaming hot life energy, and, like a pizza, it is just the right size and shape. I even have tremendous appreciation for pie spelled without the final e, that Greek letter that symbolizes the most irrational of all irrational numbers, which we need to calculate the area of a circle, but whose lack of completion means we can never do that with perfect accuracy, it’s like one of the mysteries of the universe, a timeless paradox.
But, I do not like Ajit Pai. He is giving pie a bad name. Net only does he reverse Net Neutrality (of course, there will still be challenges and court battles, but he certainly seems to have gotten away with it in the short term) but he’s made a video about it, just to rub our noses in it. Like “You’ll still be able to post pictures of kittens and stuff,” when he knows as well as we do that people are a lot more worried about controversial content being blocked, sneaky charges being added, advertising being prioritized over information, and a general slowing down in the ability to spread new information and ideas.
And he does it all with a smirk and some silly costumes and internet graphics. Smarmiest prick since Martin Shkreli, and that’s saying a lot.