Stop SOPASOPA looms. Soon congress is going to vote whether or not the government will be able to control the Internet. I really tried to write up some post on my stance on SOPA, why it’s bad, why it shouldn’t be passed. But all I could think of is if it did pass, the Internet wouldn’t be the same for my kids as it was for me. I mean when I grew up (wow, never thought I’d use that) all I knew was Lycos, Dogpile and a few free online arcade sites. For those older than me, yeah yeah I know you had less and other sites to reference, chill I got respect for you :-).

The fact of the matter is when my children do grow up, the Internet will be different. But it should be for the better, not for the worse. And letting the government control it, is not how my wife and I want to teach our kids how to use it. Yeah, I’d love to have better parental controls and every single scum site that promotes harm to kids removed from the face of the Earth, but I want them to be able to explore and learn without fear of “big brother” removing a site or deleting their presence from the web.

Don’t get me wrong, I know something needs to be done to help prevent piracy. But like The Oatmeal says, “It’s like dealing with a lion that escaped from the zoo by blasting some kittens with a flame thrower.”

“Why didn’t you do something Dad?” words I never want to hear from my kids if SOPA passes

Watch this video and then sign the petition to congress.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

Comments (8)

  1. People play the “what about our kids” card a lot these days…most often in an attempt to elicit an emotional reaction to a manufactured controversy designed to benefit one political ideology or another. This, on the other hand, will have more of an impact on generations to come in ways we cannot even anticipate at this point.

    Imagine how recent protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Lybia, et al. would have unfolded had the government had the power to control the message or shut down the sites of those whose views oppose the powers that be. I don’t want to live in a world where international social media interactions fall under the jurisdiction of my government. Nor do I want to live in a world where my site – or yours – can be shut down or our Twitterstreams censored without due process or before an official investigation has been fully completed.

    This is a slippery slope, folks. Allowing this bill to become law gives the government unprecedented control to censor your intellectual property. If you haven’t already, check out this post from CopyPress:

    • I was really hesitant to even post this. But you’re right, that card does get played a lot (…did we just agree on something???), and for what might take place this would impact both sides of the fence. This isn’t a time to gripe about republicans or democrats, fact of the matter is everyone needs to be able to communicate their opinions. SOPA takes that away.

  2. I see this getting posted around the internet and yes, it does sound scary. I see people asking for a mass blackout but that seems far from happening. If it does, I’ll be really impressed because we’re talking about a world wide scale blackout. This will definitely affect a lot of people and I for one am not voting for it.

    • A worldwide blackout would be kind of impressive, but I agree scary at the same time. I don’t think that’ll happen either. But we have to speak up and hope this bill doesn’t pass.

  3. Over here (in the Netherlands) we’ve recently had TPB blocked. Followed by this SOPA thing just a week later, I’m worried about the freedom of internet….

  4. I supported the strike, and it looks like the bill has been postponed, for now. What’s stopping it from coming back in a different form in the future? Chances are, unfortunately some form of the bill will get passed at some point 🙁

  5. The party line on SOPA is that it only affects seedy off-shore torrent sites. That’s false. As the big legal brains at Bricoleur point out , the potential collateral damage is huge. And it’s you. Because while Facebook and Twitter have the financial wherewithal to stave off anti-circumvention shut down notices, the smaller sites you use to store your photos, your videos, and your thoughts may not. If the government decides any part of that site infringes on copyright and proves it in court? Poof. Your digital life is gone, and you can’t get it back.

  6. What Snowden did was not threaten national security here, but seriously embarrassed this government by telling the truth about the level, depth, and breadth of US governmental spying on everyone, egregiously violating the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.