I think this article communicates the entirety of the SOPA (stop online piracy act) "war" currently underway. As the article states, online devotees and websites seized on the sympathetic approach that came from the White House statement about SOPA that said "the legislation must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity". 

This is indeed most curious. The bill was designed to prevent online piracy from foreign interests. Hollywood and the music industry have been in a legitimately justified snit about intellectual property being hijacked right under their noses for quite some time. However most recently, Hollywood and the White House have NOT been strange bedfellows, in fact they're practically cuddle bunnies. Perhaps Hollywood anticipated less caustic reaction to language about censorship, perhaps the language was meant only as a pre-caution, not the knock-out punch it seems to have delivered. Because as we've seen, "pre-caution" has turned into "YIKES-----online censorship!" You judge for yourself. What's clearly in play is that new media has turned into a TRANSFORMER. Big, powerful and able to change/edit/revise and re-invent itself to whatever the cause may be.

Alonzo LaMont

alonzo@jhmi.edu


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