While the calendar turned to 2012 ( Happy New Year!), consumer tech giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon are making noise about a possible “blackout” of their services to bring attention upon the foolishness/ignorance that is the SOPA bill, still alive and kicking in Congress. It is mesmerizing how such a poor piece of legistation, which is ill-conceived, dangerous and threatening to the Copyright system, can be on the verge of approval simply based on the name itself “Stop Online Piracy Act”
“When the home pages of Google.com, Amazon.com, Facebook.com, and their
Internet allies simultaneously turn black with anti-censorship warnings
that ask users to contact politicians about a vote in the U.S. Congress
the next day on SOPA,” Declan McCullagh wrote, “you’ll know they’re
And, finally, a little food for thought on this whole issue from Yancey Stickler, one of Kickstarter’s founders,
“The schism between content creators and platforms like Kickstarter, Tumblr and YouTube is generational. It’s people who grew up on the Web versus people who still don’t use it. In Washington, they simply don’t see the way that the Web has completely reconfigured society across classes, education and race. The Internet isn’t real to them yet.”
Maybe it will get real, since the shoe can fit both feet.