“Because the biggest producers of content on the Internet are not Google and Yahoo — they’re us – we’re the ones getting policed. The real threat to the enactment of PIPA and SOPA is our ability to share things with one another.”
-Clay Shirky, in his “emergency” TED talk about SOPA and why it would create a “consumption-only Internet.”
Watch this, all. "The threat is this inversion of proof."
» Feeling some heat? Of these three co-sponsors of the SOPA or PIPA legislation, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is by far the biggest name. Rubio cited concerns about “a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government’s power to impact the Internet.” The other two co-sponsors were Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska, and Rep. Ben Quayle of Arizona. A Quayle spokesman, Zach Howell, made it clear the Arizona congressman could vote for a reworked bill: “The bill could have some unintended consequences that need to be addressed. Basically it needs more work before he can support it.”
@shortformernie Why do you LOVE LOVE LOVE it? Scab.— Ron Mills (@O2ron) January 18, 2012
@O2ron Big news outlets have to be objective. This allows for a balance between objectivity and informing the public.— Ernie Smith (@shortformernie) January 18, 2012
@O2ron It’s not a newspaper’s role to play activist, so this is common ground. Don’t like it? Don’t take part.— Ernie Smith (@shortformernie) January 18, 2012
One of the things that always gets me is the way that people always assume the worst intentions of mainstream media outlets, as if they’re large organizations who always think in terms of protecting their own vested interests, over the generally-more-accurate approach that it involves hundreds of people individually working for common goals. And last night, I pointed out how genius I thought the #altwiki idea was — as sort of a way for The Guardian, The Washington Post and NPR to avoid taking a formal stance on SOPA while still getting a chance to be active in the blackout off to the sidelines. I got some blowback from a few folks, but I’ll defend the approach heavily. It gets people engaged in the event (and thinking about the issues involved) without forcing the outlets to take a stance — allowing them to keep their objectivity. That’s win-win to me. — Ernie @ SFB