Five years ago this would have been tinfoil hat fodder, or a badly written novel trying to be relevant.
Chris Heald originally shared this post:
I've seen smoke ever since the Egyptian Uprising, though I'm sure there are plenty that saw warning signs long before then. However I am, in spite of being a writer in my spare time, very inarticulate on why these bills are Evil things. This letter explains it quite nicely and is backed by a number of people far smarter than I am.
I ask you. Share this letter. I don't care if my blog see's traffic off this. Just share the link. Give it to your friends. Your family. Especially your Representatives. Be polite in stating your case as we want to be seen as serious people who deserve to be listened to.
I have, essentially, Lived on the Internet for the past twelve years. I consider the online communities I tred to be as much my home as where I park all my stuff and sleep at. Sad I suppose, but it should give some perspective on why I have such a vested interest in these doings.
It isn't a passing thing in the news that will go away in a few days with only a few fading soundbytes.
It is relevant even if all you do is Facebook or go through apps for your phone. It affects everyone at all levels. User. Tech-head. Gamer. All of us have to fight this monstrosity.
Melodramatic I suppose, but for once the language fits. I wish I were overstating how dire things are.
The worst part of all this is what alternatives do we have if this abomination, or another like it introduced once the Corporate Overlords believe the current outrage has subsided, do we have if the Internet gets locked down? All sorts of startup businesses will die or just never form because of the chilling effect having your site and finances effectively frozen and blacklisted if the Overminders don't like you.