The following viewpoint was offered by Mike M., a 24-year-old intern who supports the ConstructionCitizen blog.
The painful truth is that the vast majority of Americans are dangerously oblivious to the decisions being made in Congress; before yesterday's organized blackout of hundreds of the most popular websites across the Internet, I only knew one or two people who had ever heard of SOPA or PIPA. Even now, most of those who are aware lack a true understanding of the provisions of these two bills, bills that are being sold to the public as “protection for intellectual property rights”, but are in reality the beginning of something far more dangerous: the regulation and censorship of the Internet itself.
The authors of these bills claim that the bills are designed with the sole objective of preventing the mass-downloading of music and movies that is allegedly hurting the entertainment business. I say “allegedly” because the theory that every downloaded album is one less sold is ludicrous, and media companies still seem to be doing just fine for themselves. Videndi, the corporation that owns Universal Music Group, posted $2.2 billion in pure profit for 2010, just to name one example. Read more » about What’s this SOPA Thing I Keep Hearing About?