Politics, Economics, and the Law
January 17, 2012Posted by on
Very soon a number of websites (Wikipedia being a noteworthy one) will be blacking out for a day in protest of SOPA/PIPA, bills which amount to nothing less than the major media concerns (MPAA, RIAA, et al) assaulting the internet in an effort to control and censor content, and establish a legal framework which can be used to abuse anyone they see fit. A side “benefit” of this legislation would be to lay the groundwork for a Chinese-style national firewall, allowing political interests to decide what we can and cannot see. Mountains of information and commentary has been written about this, and so I shall refrain from adding much further. Popehat has a good piece, written just today. And if you’re confused by all of this, having just emerged from a Cold War fallout bunker, I advise you to look into the matter.
So write about it. Call your congresscritter, and let it know you’ll do your best to make sure it’s out of a job if it supports this. Take some form of action, even if it’s only to get informed, get angry, and tell your friends.
ADDENDUM: A worthwhile use of your internets is to go here: http://americancensorship.org/
House takes Senate’s bad Internet censorship bill, tries making it worse