Sorry folks, I know this is a few days behind the awesomeness that took place a few days ago (I’m referring to the demise of SOPA/PIPA) but I wanted to say something after I had some time to cool off. I’ll keep this short so I don’t offend too many people but I want to say something about this.
To start, let me get this right out there; I do not, have never and will never support blind, poorly constructed and obviously big business backed legislation such as this. It’s garbage, in poor taste and demonstrates allot of what is wrong with our leadership today. Too many people trying to make decisions on things they don’t understand and don’t take the time to understand. More importantly, I think this clearly demonstrates how far some entities will go to get their way. But enough about that, let’s talk about the real issue; the blind following….
First off, if you don’t know what SOPA/PIPA is/were, you can go to wikipedia, google, etc… to learn more. I’m not going to link to them because, frankly, that is part of the issue. The problem I have with this whole situation is that very few people (and I am generalizing based on my experience) seem to understand exactly what SOPA/PIPA mean. The people, in their blind rage, saw a few news reports, read some facebook posts and decided that was good enough to rally behind. That’s a problem, as you can imagine. Need proof? What if SOPA/PIPA would have been marketed better? What if they would have been sold as a means of better protecting the internet from hackers instead of pirates (or whatever horrible, evil lies in wait on the internet)? What if, those same people wouldn’t have been convinced by the likes of Google, Wikipedia, friends in the know, etc…? See, my problem isn’t the outcome; it’s how it came about. Granted, the big players on the internet really are the heroes here but without them and their voice, I believe that less than 3 in 10 of the people who were against these acts of domestic abuse would have even known what to do, what to say and what to think about them. I know that’s harsh but it’s the truth, so far as I can tell.
So, what is my point? My point is to stop being lazy people. Educate yourselves and your friends and family. Learn about these things and take action to prevent them. We can’t always rely on others to fix these types of problems. Take the time to read and understand why these bills, should they have passed, would have crippled the internet. I know, the stuff is boring and long winded and full of FUD but that’s the point; that’s how the lawmakers write them to get them to pass. They are depending on you to be too busy with everything else and not have enough interest or care enough to do anything. Prove them wrong! Don’t just change your facebook icon and call it good; write your congressman/woman, post information on your blogs, rss feeds, facebook, whatever means of getting information out there that you use. Don’t blindly follow the pack, because all too often the results always cost you in the end.
And with that I’ll wrap up this rant. Sorry for complaining but this situation is serious and I foresee it happening more and more in the near future. So let me bring this to a close and I’ll leave you with this; Folks, we have to change. I’m guilty as much as the next guy with being lazy and not knowing as much as I should about certain political things but I will say this much about myself; I don’t follow the pack. I don’t make uninformed decisions and I sure don’t sit by while garbage like this happens. So do yourself, your friends and family, your children, all of us, a favor; get informed, get involved and be apart of the solution. One voice doesn’t matter, but as the internet demonstrated this past Wednesday, our voice united can change anything!