If you’ve been paying attention to the conversations online over the past few weeks, especially the past few days then the term SOPA or PIPA should mean something to you. If you haven’t then you may be in for a shock when you try to visit familiar websites tomorrow – like Wikipedia.
This is one of those moments that I wish I self-hosted my blog so I could make a more meaningful statement with the lot against censorship. Imagine what the Internet would be like if sites like Wikipedia and YouTube were but a shred of what they are today. Where the Internet is reduced from the utility and necessity that it currently functions as to a place where creativity dies instead of flourishes.
Piracy is real. It’s a problem. I’m not denying that or endorsing illegal activity. But until there is a) a way to accurately quantify what piracy is really doing to the industries that claim to be hurt the most and 2. a smart way to combat illegal activity, the broad strokes proposed are not a sufficient response.
Tomorrow’s post will be up at 7:59am. After that I’ll be off the grid for twelve hours. I’m sure I won’t be missed, but it’s my small contribution.