Great Viewing and Reading on SOPA
SOPA was and is such a massive issue that it's important to keep track of genuinely original commentary. Below I list some of the best articles, blog posts and other things on SOPA for your convenience. Don't mention it ;)
- The Vergcast - Great podcast which, halfway through, features an excellent explanation of why The Verge and Vox Media are against SOPA/PIPA.
- Jonathan Zittrain - Perhaps the best and most lucid explanation of the nitty gritty detail that makes SOPA in its current form such an awful piece of proposed legislation.
- Beleaguered Movie Industry - Insightful piece on a lack of innovation in the movie industry, and its subsequent dependency on SOPA.
- All Quiet on the Western Front - On an alleged media blackout over SOPA protests.
- "Why I'm Fighting SOPA" - Austin City Limits general manager explains his opposition to SOPA. Well argued, moderate piece.
- The Chinese View on SOPA - Great 'letter from China' in the New Yorker. Includes comment from Chinese web user who said, "I've come up with a perfect solution: You can come to China to download all your pirated media, and we'll go to America to discuss politically sensitive subjects."
- The History, and Future, of Web Protest - Anil Dash considers how the web, post-SOPA, could develop as a full-fledged political medium with democratic impact and influence.
- Media(ted) Conflict - On the generational divide in today's awkward balance between 'old' and 'new' media. Great snapshot of the stakeholders on both ends of the spectrum.
- Thoughts on SOPA - On the fundamental arguments for/against piracy.
- Anonymous Video - Another terrifying video from Anonymous which explains why SOPA 'displeases' them.
- The Online Culture Wars - Interesting piece in the Boston Review, particularly the second half, which looks at the struggle for content control and why it matters.
I'll be adding to this list as I see fit. If anyone has any further suggestions, please let me know either in the comments section below, or via my Twitter feed: @machinestarts.
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