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.

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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).

“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.

gonzodave:

Good for Google. I suggest these illegal requests are desperate attempts to mitigate the coming civil and criminal litigation that will be levied against municipal workers (read: irresponsible, badged, public sector workers with guns) who are liable.

self-ownership:

According to Google:

We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove. Separately, we received requests from a different local law enforcement agency for removal of videos allegedly defaming law enforcement officials. We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests.

Reasons for content removal from those who serve to “protect” us include defamation, privacy and security, national security, government criticism, and violence (more than likely initiated on their behalf).

If they’re here to “protect” us, what could they possibly have to hide?

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.”
— unknown, often erroneously attributed to Mark Twain