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I support SOPA

By messybuu in Politics
Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 02:28:40 AM EST
Tags: SOPA, politics, Internet, technology (all tags)

I support SOPA. To admit this online is the most unpopular action one could take on the Internet as GoDaddy.com recently learned; it is equivalent to admitting you're a Jew in Nazi Germany. The average netizen sees the legislation as the devil, but I look past the FUD and see the many benefits it offers.

It'll cut down on piracy. The legislation's main purpose is to stifle the proliferation of piracy, which is a noble pursuit. Though many indulge in file sharing services, most only do so out of convenience. If it were to end, they'd return to more legitimate services such as the iTunes Store. Only a vocal minority actually believes all information should be free and that any effort to cut down on a practice that hurts our weak economy should be squelched. These people tend to be either teenagers who have not yet taken Economics or jobless manchildren who do not understand the importance of a healthy economy.

It'll cut down on cyberbullying. The most vicious cyberbullying occurs on rogue websites such as 4chan and kuro5hin. Members of these communities are so vicious in their harassment that it has led to actual suicides. Cyberbullying has become such a threat that movies have been made about it. Surveys have even shown that parents would rather let their children walk alone through Central Park at midnight than let them use the Internet unsupervised. The average citizen does not condone cyberbullying any more than they support real-life bullying. Only the mentally ill view the harassment of twelve-year-old girls as noble and revolutionary as the protagonist on V for Vendetta. If the government had power to shut down such websites, the Internet would be a much safer place rather than the ghetto it's become, and maybe the mentally ill would be forced to find the help they need.

It'll cut down on bullshit. Life is a series of tubes, some of which lead to desolation. There's only a finite amount of time and effort in you, so what you direct down one tube deprives another. The Internet, despite its abundance of information, consists mostly of tubes that lead to a ruined life: pornography, pedophilia, cults, scams, atheism, etc. Imagine an Internet without all the bullshit. Imagine the Internet as a curated experience. Curation offends the average neckbeard, but who woould want to go to a museum where anybody could tack their "art" on the walls. Do you know how much filth, much of which was literal excrement, you would be subject to? Such a museum would go out of business really quick. Curation not only works, but it also works well as the App Store proves. While the news is filled with story after story of Android malware that has compromised millions of unfortunate Android users, the most controversy one ever hears about iPhone apps is when an app contains objectionable material such as shaking a baby. Personally, I'd prefer a store with apps that offend my senses over one that'll clean out my bank accounts. You might not agree, but the majority does. You are in the one percent, and as Spock, a man I'm sure you venerate, once said, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."

Twitter will still be around. What worries people is that the government will censor dissenting speech and become the totalitarian dictatorship that we see in so many dystopian science fiction movies. It's a ridiculous fear not only because science fiction is fiction, but because services such as Twitter will still be around. As the Iranians learned, Twitter is the  best place to fight oppression. If a despotic government couldn't stifle a Twitter revolution, how much more so can one that values the freedom of speech such as ours? 

There are many more great reasons to support SOPA. Don't be manipulated by the FUD; it's the same arguments luddites made against ID cards, social security, and photography. Last time I checked, we have our souls intact as much as the neckbeards wearing tinfoil hats.


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Do you support SOPA?
o Yes 23%
o No 61%
o WIPO 15%

Votes: 13
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I support SOPA | 29 comments (22 topical, 7 editorial, 0 hidden)
+1FP (3.00 / 4) (#2)
by balsamic vinigga on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 01:52:57 PM EST

never thought this site would deteriorate to the point that i'd become an egil fan :/

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not up to par w/Egil trolls (none / 1) (#9)
by nostalgiphile on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 06:04:30 PM EST

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[ Parent ]
-1, forgot the most important talking point (none / 1) (#3)
by Enlarged to Show Texture on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 02:56:55 PM EST

It'll kill K5

"Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do." -- Isaac Asimov
It's in the cyberbullying section, faggot. $ (2.50 / 2) (#4)
by messybuu on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 03:06:27 PM EST

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this is stupid. +1 fp. $ (3.00 / 2) (#5)
by nateo on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 04:00:26 PM EST

"I'm so gonna travel the world, photographing my dick at every location."
  - Vampire Zombie Abu Musab al Zarqawi
You'd think taking the pro argument (none / 1) (#6)
by Del Griffith on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 04:41:34 PM EST

would rile up enough feathers to get people to pay up the $5 to make gay5 vibrant again.

Well +1fp in those hopes.


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That's my theory. (3.00 / 3) (#7)
by messybuu on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 04:52:19 PM EST

If anybody's going to pay money to argue against what's essentially a blog entry, it'll be the nerd virgins.

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this is fun (none / 0) (#20)
by k31 on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 09:21:27 AM EST

+1fp, I like anything with bold headings. Makes it so much easier to read.

Also, I disagree entirely so I want it published so I can argue against it, later.

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[ Parent ]

+1, SOPA will kill kuro5hin $ (3.00 / 2) (#10)
by alba on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 06:16:06 PM EST

All hail our SOPA overloads!

+1FP, "deep packet inspection" is sexy $ (none / 1) (#12)
by Ezra Loomis Pound on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 06:49:00 PM EST

:::"Let me tell ya, if she wasn't cut out to handle some fake boy online, well sister, life only gets more difficult, and you only get more emo as you age." --balsamic vinigga :::#_#:::
+1 pretty good troll (none / 1) (#13)
by Marvin Suggs on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 08:41:44 PM EST

despite use of the word 'squelched'. Try squashed or quashed next time faggot.
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If SOPA will cut down on piracy (3.00 / 5) (#17)
by Harry B Otch on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 11:16:23 PM EST

then why are so many butt pirates in favor of it?

A lamentable petty bourgeois cry of fear.-.

I don't support SOPA (3.00 / 6) (#18)
by tdillo on Wed Dec 28, 2011 at 11:22:05 PM EST

because the Acronym doesn't spell anything like PROTECT IP, or PATRIOT. It needs a good name people can get behind and support like the FLUFFY BUNNY act. Or something Manly and American like the GET A JOB HIPPIE act.

SOPA, it sounds kinda Mexican.

Besides it is just one small step from Stop Online Piracy to Stop Online Pornography and where would we be then?

I may not agree with what you say but I'll defend to the death your right to go fuck yourself.

The stories and information posted here are artistic works of fiction and falsehood.
Only a fool would take anything posted here as fact.

SOPA means "soup" in Spanish.... (none / 0) (#28)
by shpoffo on Sun Jan 08, 2012 at 02:21:16 PM EST

git then anti-Spain sentiment by the US power structure, it would be reasonable to assume that the SOPA bill is PSYOPS, and look into the colloquialisms of "sopa" = "soup" in the Latino and Spanish cultures.  Maybe 'soup' implies 'a mess' or some other confounded mixture?  Or maybe as in 'to cook your goose' meaning 'to catch you'?

[ Parent ]
You're just plain fucking stupid. (none / 0) (#21)
by mirleid on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 02:00:08 PM EST

That is all.

Chickens don't give milk
so did the FP threshold (none / 0) (#22)
by Marvin Suggs on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 02:44:34 AM EST

get lowered or what?

Despite all its good intentions I'm surprised this one made it.
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I was surprised too. (none / 0) (#23)
by messybuu on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 03:22:34 AM EST

I thought it'd be rejected, but I think rusty saw how insightful the story was, pulled some strings, and saved the front page from being a cesspool of ASCII cocks and Trollaxor trolls.

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[ Parent ]
no (none / 0) (#25)
by cockskin horsesuit on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 08:31:24 AM EST

it slipped by the boringness filter.

vote harder next tyme.

[ Parent ]

Nice troll (2.50 / 6) (#24)
by thasmudyan on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 07:46:01 AM EST

it is equivalent to admitting you're a Jew in Nazi Germany

No, it's actually more like the opposite. It's like publicly stating that the Nazis had the right idea because they cut down on crime and unemployment.

despite this being such an eager (none / 1) (#26)
by Marvin Suggs on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 09:18:06 AM EST

bum-licking troll it failed to generate any discussion about s.o.p.a whatsoever. well done -- We Fail It.
wish I could take my vote back
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Blame rusty (none / 1) (#27)
by messybuu on Sat Dec 31, 2011 at 06:59:25 PM EST

Should've known nerd virgins don't have $5 to spend on refuting the MOST DANGEROUS LEGISLATION IN HISTORY.

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I can see why this got voted up (none / 0) (#29)
by Golden Hawk on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 10:31:32 AM EST

At first I got trolled good, but then I started reading this article in detail and it's hilarious :p

When I got to the part where it's claimed that SOPA will cure the world of atheism and pornography, which if left unchecked would lead us down a 'tube' to a ruined life.. Hah!  Sweet :3

Kudos, man.  Good comedy right here :D
-- Daniel Benoy

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