From Reddit,which plans a blackout in protest;

SOPA represents a real and immediate threat to the functioning and openness of the internet. It undermines the values many people see in the internet as well as interfering with both people's democratic and civil rights. As a key platform for communicating in the modern world.

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"The one thing that can threaten TV news networks is the Internet and the ability for people to communicate directly, bypassing the judgment of the now-famous 1% to determine what knowledge befits the masses. We learn from history that all such power is always used to maintain and strengthen itself first. So, SOPA basically kills that ability of the everyday person to bypass the 1%.

Therefore, it is in the economic and political interest of today’s newswells to kill a strategic threat to their privileged position, and to act just like Berlusconi did in Italy: to actively not bring the topic up onto people’s radar.

In other words, Corporate United States is just as corrupt as Berlusconi’s Italy was, and is acting just like the Catholic Church did when they tried to kill the printing press."

http://falkvinge.net/2012/01/11/why-sopa-supporting-news-networks-d...

Thanks Goz, I learned about SOPA today from you!  Scary stuff.  Seriously.

What's the url?
Yes it is scary...A few websites are going to go dark on a certain day to protest...Two are I Has Cheezburger and Reddit..More websites need to do this though..Big ones.

That's probably the best way to get the message out, if the usual link goes to an explanation instead of just nothing.

Yes..And here is more:

The comments at the bottom on this first one are especially insightful:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/01/under-voter-pressur...

http://mediamatters.org/blog/201201050008


"The one thing that can threaten TV news networks is the Internet and the ability for people to communicate directly, bypassing the judgment of the now-famous 1% to determine what knowledge befits the masses. We learn from history that all such power is always used to maintain and strengthen itself first. So, SOPA basically kills that ability of the everyday person to bypass the 1%.

Therefore, it is in the economic and political interest of today’s newswells to kill a strategic threat to their privileged position, and to act just like Berlusconi did in Italy: to actively not bring the topic up onto people’s radar.

In other words, Corporate United States is just as corrupt as Berlusconi’s Italy was, and is acting just like the Catholic Church did when they tried to kill the printing press."

http://falkvinge.net/2012/01/11/why-sopa-supporting-news-networks-d...

Excellent video report on this and the big lies to get it passed:

http://rt.com/programs/keiser-report/episode-234-max-keiser/

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