January 18th has come and gone, but the threat of SOPA and PIPA remain. I would imagine that anyone reading this blog is already aware of and opposed to SOPA, PIPA, and any other form of internet censorship. However, just for good measure, let me give you this:
I realize that my blog is just a little site that doesn’t get boat loads of traffic, but as a lover of technology and information, I have a vested interest in protecting the internet — and if you’re reading this site, then you do, too.
Look, I don’t advocate for piracy at all. I believe content producers (musicians, artists, writers, photographers, and the people who help make that work happen) deserve to be fairly compensated for their work. But that’s not what SOPA and PIPA are about.
SOPA and PIPA are perfect examples of poorly written legislation (or connivingly written depending on how you look at it) that simply reinforce the idea that in this so-called free country, the people with the money are the people with the power. These bills don’t serve the interests of individual artists. They don’t serve innovators. They don’t support communication or the sharing of ideas.
They are simply bad legislation, the enforcement of which would result in yet another bureaucratic clusterfuck, the likes of which has become all too common in this country and tends to result in the further disenfranchisement of people like you and me.
My fear is that not only artists and bloggers but also journalists and technological innovators could be powerfully impacted by SOPA and PIPA. From the journalism perspective, these bills could make it possible for someone like Rupert Murdoch to claim copyright infringement thereby causing a story he doesn’t like or an entire publication to go dark. From the tech innovator perspective, the brain cycles of those geniuses who bring us amazing tech advances every day would go to waste on trying to make the internet itself comply with the absurd, red-tape-wrapped regulations that these bills propose.
As a writer, as someone from a family of artists, as the wife of one of those people who makes the internet a fucking amazing place to be, and as a friend of geniuses and nerds of all stripes, I am asking you to continue your opposition to internet censorship. The power of the people, a strong journalistic tradition, and a high value on innovation are the things that make this country one worth living in. Let’s make sure it stays that way. Contact your congressional representatives before Jan. 24, and tell them this legislation is wrong wrong wrong.