As everyone knows, Wikipedia has gone black today in order to protest SOPA. If you don’t know what SOPA is go here: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/sopa-pipa/ It is pretty much a ploy to “end piracy” on the internet by censoring information and certain websites the government feels fit this description. No, I have not read the bill in its entirety, but something did strike me. It feels as if this bill is pushing us closer to China. Let me rephrase, this feels like something China would do. NOT what America: home of the brave, land of the free should be doing. Also, according to my understanding if something is deemed negative toward the government, it can be removed without question, argument or discussion. You see the issue? Subjectivity. Few controlling the many. Now, according to some Republicans, this is something the Democrats would do, for the safety of the majority, right? However, both political parties have supporters.
My biggest surprise is the Republican supporters. I thought in order to be in alignment with that party one should believe in their own personal liberty meaning the government or any other large body shouldn’t have the ability to tell what I can do. Individual above others. Oh wait, that is supposed to be Libertarian, no? Does Libertarian=Republican? I mean the party seems quite fragmented at this time. Oh, labels: the ill-fitting conductance of categorizing people, things and actions based upon a short list of generalizations to make humans feel comfortable and at ease with things either unknown or misunderstood. But I digress…In my opinion this feels sly and opportunistic and could possibly ignite a plutocracy or fascist-like government. Wait, so Obama is actually what the Republicans said he was! That’s it! They were right! Tsk tsk tsk. Checks and balances, y’all. The president can only do so much.
Okay, back on subject…again. Having SOPA would end normal cyber life as we know it and could potentially allow corporate control of the internet, because that makes so much sense along with censoring individual activity. It would drastically change and/or kill what Americans have painstakingly built. Facebook? YouTube? Wikipedia? Google? Those crazy political sites we all get a kick out of? Reddit? Dialogue and information flowing from around the world? Done.
So, yes. As Americans we would love to be severed from the world to further alienate ourselves and dumb ourselves because we aren’t already doing a great job of it. We need your help, government! Who are we without your wisdom for we know not what we do!? Save us! Save us from those aliens who only want our “wealth”! Keep us away from them! Who needs worldly information or freedom anyways? We don’t.
Stop SOPA. Contact your local representatives: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page You can enter your zip code and receive all of their information. It’s time to be an America. Fight.