On a serious note…
Last blog of the year? You know I’ll have to end this on a serious note.
While the other three are being grateful, humorous, and thoughtful, I come to you with a word of warning. There are two bills being worked through the Senate and the House of Reps. that will affect the internet as we know it. These are The Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). While both of those titles seem every bit the positive enforcement the internet should have, when read, they break down into nothing more than what would feel to be the government sticking their nose into the last true bastion of freedom we have.
Now, before you get mad an start touting your pro-SOPA/PIPA rhetoric, please realize that I have a simple mind and that this is my opinion and it may not constitute all the facts. If you want a better article, why not head over to CNET or Wikipedia and read up on it.
Now, back to business. I could go on a huge rant about how the two biggest supporters of these bills, the RIAA and MPAA, are spending hundreds, if not millions, of dollars on lobbyist to make sure that this passes, or I could say how they act as if they want nothing more than to double charge customers for something they already own; but I won’t. Instead, I’ll ask you this: when huge sites like Google, Yahoo (who actually quit the US Chamber of Commerce over this), Facebook, Twitter, eBay, and AOL (who is sorta attached to a MPAA company) find that these bills threaten internet security and the creation of new jobs through online marketplaces, wouldn’t you want to take notice? Even little guys like Rawrb from Psychostick wrote a webcomic about it. And how about the fact that the group opposed to these bills is headed by Nancy Pelosi(D-CA), Ron Paul(R-TX), and Darrll Issa(R-CA)? Holy shit; a Democrat, Republican and Libertarian working together? The talking heads just shat bricks.
I urge our readers to take note of these bills and read as much as you can on the subject. Formulate your own opinions, but I hope you will see through the smokescreen of “its only about online piracy”.