Employing social media sites such as Twitter and Google + as their soap-boxes, APB speakers across the board heralded their objections to the Protect IP and Stop Online Pirating Acts (PIPA and SOPA). While their methods of attack ranged from humor to moral outrage, their message almost unanimously remained the same: the acts could severely damage the Internet as we know it.
Journalist and media expert Jeff Jarvis voiced his concern in an interview with The Consumerist: “To protect a dying industry, SOPA changes the architecture of our greatest tool of speech ever,” he said. “If companies and governments can blacklist sites for allegedly ‘stealing’ content, they can shut down sites for any reason. We cannot allow that to happen.”
In a January 10 tweet, Twitter Advisor Chris Sacca asked Twitter users to protest SOPA by changing their profile pictures to include “Stop SOPA” messages, lettering which his current picture sports.
Human Business Works president Chris Brogan followed suit and changed his Twitter profile picture to the protest message. He drew attention to the drastic change SOPA would bring about by tweeting, “Oddly, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are on so we can still talk about SOPA. What if they weren’t? Life without social networks?”
Last but certainly not least, technology expert David Weinberger succinctly posted on Google +: “Sopa? Nopa. The Internet is ours.”