Party Rock Anthem - Literal MSPaint

This video, made by the venerable LiteralMSPaint, is my humble gesture of celebration following the beautiful outpouring of democratic action yesterday surrounding SOPA and PIPA.

Boom tho. Boom tho.

Earlier today, I watched this video. I find the fellow and his tone rather obnoxious but he brought some new and important information to light on a topic of critical importance to everyone. I figured I could try to extract this fellow’s important points and summarize them in the context of media consolidation as best I can:

Some Well Known History

Some Less Well Known History

The Present and A Disturbing Look Into the Future

One sentence summary:

The same six media conglomerates that brought the tools of piracy to the internet are now using piracy as a false pretext to monopolize their corporate stranglehold on media, censor the internet and perpetually insulate themselves from competition.

(art by Eric Drooker, website here)

kohenari:

We get it. You think you can be cute and old-fashioned by openly admitting that you don’t know what a DNS server is. You relish the opportunity to put on a half-cocked smile and ask to skip over the techno-jargon, conveniently masking your ignorance by making yourselves seem better aligned with the average American joe or jane — the “non-nerds” among us. But to anyone of moderate intelligence that tuned in to yesterday’s Congressional mark-up of SOPA, the legislation that seeks to fundamentally change how the internet works, you kind of just looked like a bunch of jack-asses.

[…]

This used to be funny, but now it’s really just terrifying. We’re dealing with legislation that will completely change the face of the internet and free speech for years to come. Yet here we are, still at the mercy of underachieving Congressional know-nothings that have more in common with the slacker students sitting in the back of math class than elected representatives. The fact that some of the people charged with representing us must be dragged kicking and screaming out of their complacency on such matters is no longer endearing — it’s just pathetic and sad.

(via ShortFormBlog).

andrewadjei:

Between the SOPA bill and Defense Authorization Act…I have lost all faith in Congress.
I don’t want either of these bills to be something we look at after it’s passed, only to realize how horrible they are…
But I honestly don’t know what to do…
-XIII
andrewadjei:

Between the SOPA bill and Defense Authorization Act…I have lost all faith in Congress.
I don’t want either of these bills to be something we look at after it’s passed, only to realize how horrible they are…
But I honestly don’t know what to do…
-XIII
andrewadjei:

Between the SOPA bill and Defense Authorization Act…I have lost all faith in Congress.
I don’t want either of these bills to be something we look at after it’s passed, only to realize how horrible they are…
But I honestly don’t know what to do…
-XIII

andrewadjei:

Between the SOPA bill and Defense Authorization Act…I have lost all faith in Congress.

I don’t want either of these bills to be something we look at after it’s passed, only to realize how horrible they are…

But I honestly don’t know what to do…

-XIII

(via jonathan-cunningham)

“When the Chinese told Google that they had to block sites or they couldn’t do [business] in their country, they managed to figure out how to block sites.”
— Chris Dodd, former Democratic Senator from Connecticut and current head of the MPAA lobby. To be clear he is invoking the Great Chinese Firewall as a reason SOPA is a feasible and good idea.