SOPA 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.