ThePirateBay’s press release in regards to SOPA and PIPA.
THIS. EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT.
I don’t think the US Government has really stopped to consider what will happen to its culture if it shuts itself off from the world. How much does the youth of the USA learn from their interactions with the thoughts and creative output of people around the world? How much with the intellectual and cultural growth of the country be stunted by the isolation that this bill makes possible? Third world countries that are just beginning to receive access to the internet are learning so much, and becoming inspired by those more forward countries who put content up for the world to see. To risk taking that away from the citizens of the USA is foolish. The Internet is freedom. The industries who are losing money need to adapt to the Internet’s advances, not attempt to backtrack.
THEY CANNOT SILENCE THE WORLD.
Our generation has the benefit of easily accessible information. No matter what the current authorities say, it will change the world when we take over (how it does that, well, that remains to be seen).
Knowledge, people. It is your best weapon. Learn to love it.