Just because we had a day of “observance” online yesterday for the attempted SOPA/PIPA takeover of the Internet doesn’t mean anything was accomplished. On the contrary, those who support SOPA/PIPA (the entertainment industry) have turned up the heat. In fact, if you want to know how to bring the face of the liberal establishment and the face of the conservative establishment together? Support the anti-SOPA/PIPA movement. Comcast/Hollywood and Murdoch have teamed up to attack Obama for saying he supports the anti-SOPA/PIPA movement. First, the internet brought us the Arab Spring, now it looks like it’s bringing us the unthinkable, a common enemy for FOX News and CNN.
Hollywood has leverage over the Democrat party because they are major donors to Democrat candidates. They are going to issue a boycott of all candidates who support the anti-SOPA/PIPA movment. Make no mistake about it this is about money not political policies or platforms. The entertainment industry will get behind any candidate that supports SOPA/PIPA.
Being part of the anti-SOPA/PIPA crowd doesn’t mean you support online piracy. The SOPA/PIPA law as written gives the government the authority to circumvent the Constitution and legally violate your civil liberties. The law is so vague and confusing it is a form a martial law over the Internet. This is bad for you as an individual and it will do even more damage to the US economy.
I’m not political in the least. I’m fed up with both parties like most people, and like most people, I probably fall somewhere int the middle of the political spectrum; liberal on some issues, conservative on others, and bored by most. But, I will be watching this fight very carefully. Any candidate that is against SOPA/PIPA will immediately have my attention.
Here’s a video that does a great job of describing what SOPA/PIPA is, and why it’s a good idea ruined by poor execution and dangerous legislation.