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Score One for Web Freedom

The good news is … SOPA and PIPA have been delayed by the House and Senate.

The bad news is … they will come back with brand new clothes, a shiny new name, and more teeth soon. In fact, they could come back with a venegeance because of the forces behind them.

Millions of people rallied together to tell those who represent us that we will fight to protect our freedom on the Web — the greatest communications tool ever invented.

These are historic times. People coming together to present a unified voice. I am inspired. I think we all are.

The protests were billed as the largest online protests in history with sites blacking out. WOW!

I know this for a fact though: People will come together only when something seeks to destroy what they hold dear.

SOPA and PIPA did that for those of us who enjoy, respect and cherish our web freedom. It rallied us all together.

But the fight is not over.

YOU, like us, must be ready to let your voice be heard …. and the power of your vote known to those who represent us. The message must be clear:

Seek to take away our web freedoms by legislating crappy bills, and we’re going to put you on the unemployment line.

Looking at these numbers … I think some people in Washington started to take notice.

We can and we will vote them straight out of office. So I hope the lobbyists helping to create these flawed bills have a job open for them when that happens.

So this week is an epic week, a historic week … one we cannot forget. They will simply wait for our fervor to die down, and sneak something sleazy in again.

We must be ready for the next wave.

In the meantime, here’s a quick thought for the industries who have sought to buy (I mean “lobby”) the votes to get this legislation created and passed:

Instead of protecting your once cash cow, now withering business models and spending millions of dollars to legislate it back to relevance … HOW ABOUT REINVENTING IT INSTEAD?!

Make [whatever you produce] BETTER for the world. Not just your pocketbook.

Think about value instead of how fat your vault is.

For examples, please look to iTunes for the music industry. Netflix for the video rental industry. And Google for the entire advertising industry.

If you don’t … we’ll continue to vote you out of business with our pocketbooks … and as you recently saw, the people who represent you.

Comments

  1. You are correct, Cory, in that we’ve stopped them FOR THE MOMENT. But as you say, they’ll come back. Through Congress to be sure, but in the end I suspect it may wind up as an Executive Order of a ‘decisive’ President for the purpose of a combination of an ‘Anti Terror’ for obvious reasons, ‘Anti Porn’ for the protection of children as well as an ‘Anti Drug’ laundering tool.

    Remember, though people stood up at this moment… history shows us people will once again fall asleep. After all, how many election periods have we gone through with no Balanced Budget… and we still return them to office? How many times have we become hot and almost immediately once again became cool at the variety of Stimulus Packages and other spending? Anti-Constitutional Czars? Etc. How many times have we returned to our blind eye and the killing of innocent babies by reason of abortion continues? Etc., etc., a book full of etceteras describe ‘We the People’ as correctly being forgiving and always once again giving legislators another chance, but at the same time ‘We the People’, unfortunately, continue to subscribe to the ‘Nose Ring’ theory of life which dictates that we will continue to allow ‘authority’ to tell us what to believe… and that whatever belief we are told by ‘authority’ is in the end ‘good for us’.

    I hope I’m wrong, but history and the propensity of Politicians have been our long time teachers. Wouldn’t it by nice to have STATESMEN, instead? Wouldn’t it be nice to truly be a ‘thinking’ populous, instead? A populous that is indeed forgiving, but at the same time ensures Politicians become habitually accountable for their words to ‘We the People’. Admittedly – preaching, perhaps ‘to the choir’, but a reminder is always good.

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