Next Steps on SOPA


When speaking last week about social media and such to the senior class at my daughter's high school, I began with the Wikipedia blackout and asked them what was up with that.

"SOPA," responded the crowd.

Now, they had just discussed SOPA and the blackout in a class they're all required to take, but both the bill and the revolt against it had their attention. And when I told them that Hollywood was afraid of them, they got that, too.

Which should give pause to any dead-enders in Congress who think Chris Dodd matters more to their future than a bunch of voting-age web adepts.

I urged readers at my personal blog to remind our Senator, Kay Hagan, a co-sponsor of the Senate version of the bill (PIPA), that she works for us and not the entertainment industry. Of course I reminded them to be polite, and provided a link some talking points, including this:

And if you want to persuade Internet users to help you innovate solutions for your industry's many problems, you'll need to come without your handlers and spin doctors, and without any expectation that your credentials or past accomplishments will carry weight in a serious debate about the costs and benefits of changing the architecture of the Internet to reduce copyright infringement. Come armed with facts, not rhetoric. Bring an open mind. And some engineers.

Oh, and if you're serious about making real progress, stop calling us nerds.