Hey folks! Did you miss me? I bet you did(n’t). My site joined a bunch of others on the web by being blacked out all day on January 18th to petition the SOPA bill that’s being proposed in the House of Representatives, and PIPA, in the Senate. It was AWESOME seeing so many websites and bloggers joining in this strike because it meant we sacrificed our ad dollars for one day of unity for an important cause. And that’s HUGE! You know how much we love our coins. For something to get us to give up 1/30 of our monies? Major.
SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act” and it SAYS it’s trying to protect us from cop based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from 1998. SO… it’s goal is to stop copyright infringement and that doesn’t necessarily mean “NO Pr0n.” It’s just going about it the wrong way. In fact, The Oatmeal swooped in and stole the show with this GIF to fully explain what SOPA means and why it matters:
Get it? Got it? GOOD. Read more on HERE if you’re still confused.
With that being said, it was HILARIOUS to me how little some (read: a lot of) people understood SOPA. Last night, when it got closer to the time for the black out, my timeline exploded in anti-SOPA tweets. But too bad a lot of them were wrong. Folks seemed to be mainly concerned about SOPA meaning no pr0n, and they really freaked out about it. “ZOMG YALL! This bill means NO MORE Pr0n!!! Oh hell nawl! Lemme put up my censored sticker!!!” I saw a lot of that. And from no pr0n, folks started REACHING about what SOPA does. People were talmbout how SOPA would mean any and every thing not even remotely related to what it’d really mean. It was clear a bunch of people hadn’t read one article on SOPA and were just going off what some of the equally uninformed on their timelines were saying.
“SOPA means I can’t sell nothing on Fridays after 2pm, y’all! We gotta protest it.” No. Just… no. Folks got so ridiculous with it too. They might have well have just created their own new bill with what they thought SOPA was responsible for.
SOPA means I can’t post a picture of myself in a bathroom on Facebook!
SOPA gave me cramps!
SOPA made all my coupons expire!
SOPA is the reason I’m single!
I ain’t got no edges! SOPA did it!
My last juice box is gone! DAMB YOU, SOPA!
SOPA made my light bill SKY HIGH!!!
SOPA gave me #DieOfBeaties.
Except it didn’t. *sigh* Bless us. As @Reikun said, SOPA is the new El Nino.
Anywho, glad to see the way the online community really mobilized for the SOPA strike. I hope Congress heard the message loud and clear (especially since the blackout’s landing page made it so easy to call your representative and senators).
The moral of this story is that SOPA is terrible. But it did kill James from “Good Times.”
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