I disagree that this law is bad. I think it should come into effect, and that the entertainment & computing industries should supplant our elected representitives as a government.
Because the past few weeks have made me increasingly cynical. Madison may have had faith in the people, but I believe that faith was sorely misplaced.
I have known a few truly generous, truly caring, sincerely honest people. I don't pity them, because they do what they believe in, not for any "rewards", but because caring is what they do. I wish more people even -wanted- to be like that. Even had the slightest desire to be.
The problem is is that it IS only a few. And they tend to get the dangerous, high-risk, low-pay jobs, which doesn't exactly create circumstances in which those few are likely to increase in number. Worse, those who care, in the field of technology, are now classed as Terrorists, and may well become "legitamate targets" under various "justifiable homicide" laws. It would not be a big stretch.
On the other hand, the major MegaCorps have no morals, no compassion and no interest in Inferior Life-forms. Their interest is in money and control. There are tales of major film studios sending prostitutes to the rooms of major overseas actors and directors. It's certainly plausable. Makes them a great target for "discrete" blackmail by the studios. Or, if the actor is no longer wanted, just send a cop over, afterwards. The details of Hugh Grant's case is irrelevent, what matters is that he demonstrated just how deadly to a career and a marriage this stuff is.
Ok, so we have some studios and some companies who can (and do) make or break people, at whim, in the name of making money. You now give them a law, which (in effect) gives them control over the entire judicial system. Yes, I know the law's about patents & copyright, but that's merely the trigger condition. It's not the power itself. Jon Johansson found this out, the hard way, when his house was stormed and he was placed under intense interrogation for the better part of a day, over the mere allegation that he might have, in some way, broken a law in a country he wasn't even in.
The power is the ability to tell the courts how to think; what they can see and what they can't. THAT power, in essence, gives them control of the judges. A judge can only judge on the evidence presented, not on speculation of what else there might be. Ergo, if you can state that something is a Secret, protected by Federal Law, then you can decide the outcome, simply by banning the defence.
Once you've power over the courts, and power over society (through total control over technology and entertainment), you have power over the mood of people. People are sheep. You tell them to go somewhere, or think some way, they'll follow. That's not to say free will doesn't exist - it does, it's just rarely used. Anyway, once you control the mood of the nation, you can decide who is "popular" and who is not. The number of people who disagree (either because they're stuck-up bigots themselves, or because they think for themselves) won't be enough to make a difference.
In consequence, the tech & entertainment industries have the potential to "elect" the US Government. The Government will be nothing more than a puppet of the strongest corporate federation of the time. (Oh, wow! You think anyone would notice?)
Once you get to that point, there really isn't any turning back. America would become a Corporate State, in which freedom to think or speak does not exist. Unless it's at your cue, and you stick to your script.
So why do I think that this is the direction America should go? After all, it's the darkest, most despairing vision of the future that could possibly be surmised from the SSSCA.
Because this is the "freedom" that America has been craving. The freedom of the MegaCorp, not the freedom of the individual. "Government should not interfere with industry!" cried more than a few people, all through the Microsoft anti-trust trial, despite overwhelming evidence that Microsoft had destroyed any industry that wasn't it.
The rabid anti-socialism, the hatred of "welfare handouts", the venom directed at those who care - these are marks of a society that is ill. Shortly before (and after) her death, Mother Theresa was accused of organized crime, gun smuggling, ordering killings, yadda, yadda, yadda. As much as I try to see the other person's point of view, I just can't see Mother Theresa loading a donkey up with missile launchers.
The reality, I think, is much simpler. People like Princess Diana, Mother Theresa, Muhatma Ghandi, and even Jesus Christ (whether you believe that he was a regular guy, son of God, or just a very good talker), pushed people into questioning the old assumptions, challanging the old ways, and thinking for themselves as to how to live. Note that they did NOT insist that the "old way" was evil, or that those who supported it were "out to get them". What they insisted on, and paid for with their lives, was that blind compliance AND blind hate are both blind, and that if you want to think for yourself, you have to start by thinking, rather than reacting.
Society, as it exists in America, will never listen to that kind of heresy. The polarity of the different sides is too extreme. The antipathy is too ingrown. Life in America is emotionally toxic, in many ways, but it's survivable. It's nowhere near rock-bottom. And until it is, attitudes won't change. People are slow to change. Give them room to stagnate, and they will. Only when the Corporate world, under the SSSCA, has destroyed civilization, will people find themselves forced to sink or swim. You can't make someone swim, but as pathetic and lazy as humanity is, there are more who will swim when they KNOW that sinking is the only other choice.