If you haven’t seen the news, there has been such an outcry about this that the legislators have set them aside for now. I, along with a lot of other people, am convinced they will be back, repackaged and with new fancy nobel sounding names, as these particular names now carry black death.
Interestingly enough, supporters of these bills are crying foul. Former senator, and now chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd, said that before the internet protest on Wednesday, January 18, the bills were considered slam dunks – they couldn’t fail. And in the wake of the bills being pulls, he expressed regrets, that they hadn’t moved faster, and had allowed momentum to build that killed the bill. In other words, he regrets that constituents were made aware of the issues and let their congressmen know their opinions, thereby “forcing” them to vote in a way representative of their constituency. He would much rather lawmakers passed laws in private, springing them unawares upon their constituency.
He made this statement on Tuesday night in response to the proposed Wednesday blackout:
[quote]It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information or use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests,[/quote]
I’m assuming when he says “corporate interests” he means “staying in business”. How dare they. How dare they pull their sites down for one day to let the people that rely on them know that if this law passes there is a good chance that someday their services will no longer be available to the people that rely on them. It’s pretty funny that making people aware of the bills is an “abuse of power”, but trying to sneak the bill into law is not.
I read one comment that said that this guy, Chris Dodd, is a reverse barometer. If he dislikes something, there is a good chance that it is right and wholesome and healthy, and if he supports something, it is likely immoral, corrupt, or illegal,
These censorship bills will be back, and it might be more difficult to stop them next time.