While several of the largest websites [Like Digg, Facebook and Twitter] didn’t do anything for SOPA [not even a banner of text], there was an impact yesterday [January 18th]. A difference was made in awareness and attention has been brought to the world. The people of the Internet have shown they have a voice and they can be heard.
The impacts from yesterday were in the main stream media, websites, in government, social media and in just about every way you can think of… the people posted and protested and did their part to show that just because a few corrupt politicians want to push this malformed bill though doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.
I believe the 4.5 million people that signed the anti-SOPA petition yesterday points this out very clearly. In response to this the MPAA said that people that were protesting were ‘abusing power’… the problem isn’t the concept behind the bill, but the way its written, how it’s worded; it’s worded in such a way that, if passed, could effortlessly be used in an abusive way, far extending its original purposes. And as we all know, lawyers and the entertainment industry will stretch/bend the law as much as they can to get their way.
I’m betting that the politicians haven’t even read the bill. Not only did the co-author of the bill back away from it like it was a irritated 400 pound gorilla; there’s 18 new senators that are against SOPA/PIPA. There was a bit on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where Senators are discussing SOPA and they have no idea what it is…
Here’s an extract from Ars.
|The newly-opposed Senators are skewed strongly to the Republican side of the aisle. An Ars Technica survey of Senators’ positions on PIPA turned up only two Democrats, Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who announced their opposition on Wednesday. The other 11 Senators who announced their opposition on Wednesday were all Republicans. These 13 join a handful of others, including Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), who have already announced their opposition.|
It was nice to hear that all the Internet traffic from ‘the people’ shut down the websites of many of the senators and reps
And the main stream media finally was placed in a position to have to say something about it. And as I was watching a news commentary show, there was a good line I can take from it; the media wasn’t discussing it because they can’t explain it— if they can’t explain it, then they can’t cover it. Basically what they’re saying is, the majority of people watching the news, if the media had reported on it, wouldn’t understand WHAT was being reported.
And it was very ironic that MSNBC [that I just noticed] is now running ads on their network FOR SOPA / PIPA.
So did it make an impact; yes. Yes it did…
Larry Henry Jr.