Pipe Up To Down PIPA

As I’m setting out on the process of creating this post, on my personal blog, cursor hovering over the “add media” button, it really hits me. I’ve avoided getting interested in politics for years for one reason: part of me clings onto a vain hope that humanity isn’t so bad after all. Politics follow that vain hope like thugs follow a woman into a dark alley, where they beat that hope and leave it for dead. People are riddled with ignorance. There’s a certain point where you just can’t ignore that fact anymore.

I’ve been pushing that line lately. Pushing against it pretty hard. I live in a pretty democratic and open-minded state that fights for great causes, pulls down a lot of bad ones, and makes the crunch for things like gay marriage, anti-nuclear culture, and green community. It’s difficult to avoid an activist streak (maybe it’s something in the water?)– but more than having to climb the ladder of generalized labels such as “humanist” or “activist” or “social warrior”, I think in the end it comes down to the fact that, whether you’re a hippie trying to camp your way through to Occupy victories, or a whale-saver trying to squash the ignorance-driven sealife slaughter, or a Visualist who can’t yet figure out how they fit in, you’re a human. And we’re all stuck on this planet together. And when it comes down to that pivotal moment when your rights, especially, in this moment, for an American citizen, are threatened, one has to realize that there’s a greater good that has to be upheld. It’s not enough to sit around Tweeting about what you had for breakfast, is it?

Tweet about the fact that you might not have “share media” buttons, or even blogs, or maybe even Twitter as we know it, in the not-so-far-off future. Tweet about it before our “democratic nation”, and especially in this case its collective Internet, becomes a dystopian, free-speech-free web.

Let’s not be foolish flies that get caught in such a web.

Not to mention fundamental personal privacy and freedom of speech that is being threatened by the potential passing of the IP Protection Act and the SOPA bill that are being discussed in congress today, there’s a lot that’s threatened in the not-so-fine print. I hardly need to sing the praises of the internet to you– if you’re reading this, then it’s already obvious to you what’s at stake.

Congress is considering two well-intentioned but deeply flawed bills, the PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

As written, they would betray more than a decade of US policy and advocacy of Internet freedom by establishing a censorship system using the same domain blacklisting technologies pioneered by China and Iran. -tumblr

For a basic breakdown, check out this video from Fight For The Future, which spells it out in layman’s terms.

In one article someone remarked how if you want a global issue side to all of this– think of every time you thank the heavens the [US] internet isn’t policed like it is in countries like China and Iran; the US is a global leader, and we don’t want PIPA to come in and set a precedent for other countries to instate similar policies.

If you disagree with the PIPA bill, which I’m confident you do, then do some research. Sign tumblr’s petition. Check out some of these sites. Get some signatures out to congress and tell them not to pass this blatant attack on our basic constitutional rights.

Change.org 

Fight For The Future

White House

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