Wednesday was American Censorship Day as Congress held hearings on an American censorship system. It’s defined by two recent bills: the PROTECT IP Act, which was stopped in the Senate earlier this year and its counterpart, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is currently in Congress. While companies like Google and Facebook are warning that these acts could affect the economy, what’s even more disconcerting is how greatly it could change the way we use the Internet.
There is plenty to be concerned about in this bill and, to be honest, it feels just a little bit ironic that this legislation could be passed by a generation of people who have spent more than half their lives without the Internet anyway. Republicans and Democrats voiced support for the bill in Congress yesterday, making the possibility of passing SOPA all too real. So in the spirit of celebrating what we have while we have it, here four things I’m planning on doing just in case SOPA passes and changes my experience of the Internet as I know it:
1. Post a video of myself on Youtube singing a Chris Brown cover only to be discovered by Scooter Braun, perform on the Ellen show, and become an Usher-signed teen sensation.
2. Continue to stream It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for free around 11pm every Thursday night (instead of working extra hours to pay my overpriced cable company to add FX to my cable package so I can watch it real-time).
4. Have a kid and refuse to publicly post cute videos of them on YouTube lip-syncing to Nicki Minaj songs, but spend hours watching videos of other kids whose parents who do it.
What maybe-soon-to-be-illegal Internet activities will you be participating in this week?