"Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds."
John Perry Barlow
Just recently I received my first suggestion on a blog idea. The idea was to write about the SOPA and PIPA bills.
What are PIPA & SOPA?
Well, as many of you know these things are old news by now and I had no idea how I could actually approach the subject with something that hasn't been said already. My solution at this point is to not even try and to only use opinion since I am not a reliable source for anything of intelligence in this matter. If you want a more thorough understanding of the bills I suggest going to the link above.
Yes, this black out was in protest of the government trying to control the internet. Soooo...they were protesting this control by controlling the internet. This pretty much ruined my entire day from the moment I tried to look up an old baseball player Bubba Trammell. As you'll notice from the link I wasn't missing much, but I didn't know that yesterday. I wanted to punch those Wiki people in the face because it seemed like a waste of time. It was certainly a waste of my time. It seems that it might have actually worked though since it caused enough people to sign petitions that our representatives mailboxes were crashing at high rates. Good for them it seems.
There are companies that are still wanting to pass these bills. Some of these reasons could include the 16 year low of people attending movie theaters. This low is obviously due to online piracy and the free downloading of movies...or...it's due to a slow economy and higher ticket prices that ordinary people can't actually afford. My solution would be to lower film costs, which would result in this...moneyball for the big screen. I ma going to explain this in a different blog post later, because ultimately I think this is a fantastic idea and it just came to me.
If this bill is passed I don't think it will have many consequences for those who are pirating. These people can switch addresses at any time, while sites like YouTube will be under constant litigation. Lets's face it, even the ridiculous copyright infringement dumb asses at YouTube can't catch everything. I know this because they took down a family slide show I made with a Liz Phair song. That still pisses me off. Also, with as much copyright infringement that have on this site, there is not way I could survive the moments after this bill is passed.
I found this map on Facebook. This shows internet censorship by country.
No evidence of censorship
Not classified / No data
Do we really want to be like Cuba or even Australia? I didn't think so.
I can't be the only one who was actually surprised by the Aussie's being under surveillance. This is a country made from convicts though, so...