Editorial Cartoon: United Nations Declares Broadband Basic Human Right

Editorial Cartoon: United Nations Broadband Basic Human Right

Today’s editorial cartoon was inspired by our friends at the United Nations who last week declared that Broadband internet access is now included in the list of Basic Human Rights. Yes right up there with food, shelter, clean water and healthcare is the right to spank your monkey watching full speed downloads of porn videos. OK maybe you have more lofty goals like coordinating protests ala the Arab Spring over the web.

But seriously, Broadband?? My in-laws still use dial up and are just fine. Β Agree or disagree? Β Any other “basic” rights you would add to the U.N. list?

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  1. I always wondered this myself.

  2. Tony McGurk says:

    So does this mean that the UN will provide basic human rights for your inlaws? I can’t access many websites on our work computer, wich includes most blogs & webcomics that I regularly visit. Can I now claim that our company is denying me my basic human rights? Will this apply to everyone who doesn’t have broadband or just 3rd world countries?
    McDonald’s, everyone in 3rd world countries should ahe access to Egg & Bacon McMuffins as their basic human rights.

  3. duncanr says:

    I’ve nominated both you and Binky, Bearman πŸ˜†

  4. Barbaric Bob says:

    thank god they made that a law :/ i mean what would we possibly do without the internet?

  5. jynksie says:

    But… but… by having braodband, they can now fly in lobsters from Maine, or Angus beef from Nebraska and never go hungry again! …. so they dont have money or credit… no biggie! [sarcasm implied] o.O They can at least look at pics of food online, or watch Rachel Ray make a meal in under 30 minutes.

    • Bearman says:

      Or learn how to hack your credit card when you order your lobsters from Maine and beef from Nebraska and potentially direct some of that food to their house.

  6. Comedy Plus says:

    Here’s what I think. Take the UN building and tow it out in the middle of the sea and set it free. Make sure the tide is going to send it to some other shore than America. Now that’s what I think.

    Have a terrific day Bearman. πŸ™‚

  7. Friggin Loon says:

    So it’s now free,right? Wait until those starving kids start bitching on their blogs about the UN. They’ll be unplugged faster than Kim Kardashian’s wedding.

  8. DadaHyena says:

    Spanking the monkey is a universal right! Take that away and you have the destruction of civilization!

    After all, why shouldn’t we punish monkeys for bad behavior?

  9. George says:

    After initially reading the title to this post, my first reaction was “Finally! My parents can get some decent internet established in their rural area!”

    Then, after reading your cartoon, I see the absurdity in the whole concept. If they can’t get rid of wars, famine, and pestilence, then what makes them think easy internet access is gonna make for a good substitute? That’s asinine.

    Great comic, as always! πŸ˜€

  10. Jenn says:

    Alright, time for the world to get serious…


    epic fail!
    Great comic, by the way.

  11. nursemyra says:

    I vote for taking Creatine’s broadband access away.

    • Bearman says:

      Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be the purveyors of who could and could not have internet access. Then again, who would be left for us to make fun of?

  12. Bo Lumpkin says:

    This explains a lot. I have been denied my basic rights because I don’t have internet access. I am going to start my own protest and occupy my recliner all week.

  13. lisleman says:

    I quick glance through the comments leaves with unscientific poll of no one favoring this. I don’t know if this means broadband access ranks at the same levels as food, shelter, education and basic living conditions. But if the poor are educated and feed enough to use a computer with better access there is a potential of them helping themselves improve. Of course it also has the potential of allowing more scam and con artists access to the rest of us. Think of the Nigerian fast money business opportunities.

    • Bearman says:

      I think internet access can be a tool for education (which I do believe is a basic human right) but broadband in and of itself doesn’t pass the litmus test IMO.

      And the comments on Reddit say I am off base so go figure.

  14. So does this mean that we are going to get free Wifi? The UN just bit off a chunk I don’t think they can chew

  15. Who knew that the United Nations wanted to expand Comcast’s monopoly!

  16. So does that mean newspapers and local TV news were a basic human right previously? What is the internet giving them. I guess it could be argued it gives them hope access to a better life but I would think that not starving to death would trump that.

    I can see why you picked this story to editorialize and you did it perfectly. It just seems like perhaps we might want to actually put money and time into keeping from dying of starvation and curable diseases before we get them access to an Netflix account.

    • Bearman says:

      I see education as a basic human right and broadband as one means to get there. But to say broadband is the right in itself is short sighted as depending on your location in the world, education will look different.

  17. G says:


    Can someone refresh my memory on what the United Nations was originally intended for?

  18. Mark Stokes says:

    Timmy, you finish downloading every byte of that I-Tune. There are kids in Africa who are starving for DSL!

  19. Make sure he doesn’t leave until you can pull up Bearman Cartoons, kid.
    What was that network id code thingy again?!

  20. Nate Fakes says:

    Who needs food when you’ve got a fat cat farting video?

  21. Scholar Mel says:

    Broadband internet access is not needed.

    Dial-up is still an available option? 10 years ago I got dial-up through South-Western Bell. Most of the time it would work. It caused me so much stress.

    Okay, so maybe broadband is a basic human right, but not dial-up. It causes too many health problems.

  22. Jason says:

    Giving someone access to information isn’t the same as teaching them how to use any information gained. It’s like giving a power saw to a person who doesn’t know how to use it. Not saying folks aren’t smart enough to figure it out but it is a powerful tool… and potentially dangerous to those who are naive of it’s power.

  23. Binky says:

    I don’t know about broadband being a basic human right, but internet access is changing the world. The one thing about many poor countries is it is their own government or rulers that are keeping them poor, and being able to see that or know that may very well be the impetus for change.

  24. Pawn says:

    Know they can order food online!

  25. Pawn says:

    “now” πŸ™‚

  26. James says:

    I love the hell out of this one. Especially since they didn’t give that starving kid a mouse.

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