You are an agent of change. You have the ability in this free world to change.
Today, we’re breaking our no-politics rule, because thereâ€™s something going on in U.S. politics right now that we need to make sure you know about and understand, because it affects us all.
You may have heard people talking/blogging/twittering about SOPA â€” the Stop Online Piracy Act. The recent SOPA-related boycott of GoDaddy was all over the news, with many people expressing their outrage over the possibilities of SOPA, but when I ask people about SOPA and its sister bill in the Senate, PIPA (Protect IP Act), many donâ€™t really know what the bills propose, or what we stand to lose. If you are not freaked out by SOPA/PIPA, please: for the next four minutes, instead of checking Facebook statuses, seeing who mentioned you on Twitter, or watching the latest episode of Family Guy, watch the following video to educate yourself more on SOPA and PIPA.
- In the U.S. our legal system maintains that the burden of proof is on the accuser, and that people are innocent until proven guilty. This tenet seems to be on the chopping block when it comes to the web if these bills pass, as companies could shut down sites based on accusation alone.
- Laws are not like lines of PHP; they are not easily reverted if someone wakes up and realizes there is a better way to do things. We should not be so quick to codify something this far-reaching.
- The people writing these laws are not the people writing the independent web, and they are not out to protect it. We have to stand up for it ourselves.
You can be an agent of change. Some people will tell you that taking action is useless, that online petitions, phone calls to representatives, and other actions wonâ€™t change a single mind, especially one thatâ€™s been convinced of something by lobbyist dollars.
Go to Stop American Censorship for more information and a bunch of ways you can take action quickly, easily, and painlessly. The Senate votes in two weeks, and we need to help at least 41 more senators see reason before then. Please. Make your voice heard.