I’ve been getting a couple of notes saying how much of a jerk I am, and also various notes that have very good questions pertaining to the petition to stop SOPA 2014. Don’t know if I’ll answer the ones insulting me, but I’ll definitely table those for later and be putting to the light the answers to the questions I know people on Tumblr desire for at this time.
Why are people asking me so many questions? I blame the amount of sources I, regrettably, didn’t bookmark, and I also blame my urgency at the time and wanting to spread the word to stop the threat I believe is there and not being very specific with some things on my first post. I apologize for that.
Anyways, let’s move on to the topic at hand.
SOPA. Is it a Hoax? Or a something not much talked about?
To answer the first question, I’m not entirely sure at this point. I’m leaving it up to each individual reading this to be the judge of that. I’m unsure at this point because of how it’s all come about.
The whole thing started on February 11th, or somewhere in the beginning of February… As far I was concerned at that point, I was too busy worried about other things in my life to be seeing if SOPA was coming back, I thought it was long dead. But when my friends came to me a little while ago this month, saying that it was back… My first reaction was: “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!”
My friends assured me it was no joke, and thus, I looked into it the best I knew how: Their sources, and Google. After their sources were looked up, I took it upon myself to sign it to get it out of the way, and then do some more research.
A lot of the sources I found then, I could not find again when asked for them, but at the time, I looked at the sources on some DeviantArt Journals they had heard it from. I then jumped on Google after I had signed the petition and searched under the images first since that usually how I got the first of my information on SOPA in the past (Since the thing tends to come back reincarnated each year… Blegh).
The first image I found was this:
Hey, what do you know? Another DeviantArt source.
Some of you may be thinking at this point “DeviantArt?! That’s no reliable source if it’s from a Journal on there! And one of the next sources is from DeviantArt too! And it’s only an image with the link to the petition! What does that prove?!”
Before you guys jump down my throat, hold your horses. I then searched Google through the website, and, of course, found some sources I can no longer find now… Go figure.
"Again, you expect us to believe that crap?! Look how they so conveniently disappeared! Drama Llama! ASDJFDHLFDKJ!”
Thank you random made up stranger, thank you for that comment. I shall now continue, might as well stop reading if all you want to do is yell.
"I do what I want!!! TIS A FREE INTERWEB."
Kay, moving on…
So, after I researched those sources, I began to create awareness of SOPA, especially since I believed that it to be true. I spread it around DA and Tumblr. Hey, I made a typo or two on the first post, so sue me. I edited the post when I got better information when I proved to be wrong about the fact of only USA citizens being able to sign it, and when the date of the petition changed from the 17th to the 19th of March for some reason… Though, I will not deny there are still people shut out of signing it even if they do click the “sign this petition” button, being greeted by a message saying that it’s not for their country. I’m human, I made a mistake, I tried to correct it. (Not that much of anyone bothered to look at my edit! I still don’t understand the point of there even being an edit option if it won’t actually edit your post once it’s been spread around… Oh Tumblr…)
Once awareness was spread, I began to think my mission of spreading awareness was accomplished. Right? WRONG.
It’s no longer about spreading awareness, I now have to explain that I’m not trying to spread around junk posts or to gain attention like the supposed “dick” or attention whore that some complete strangers on Tumblr make me out to be.
"Oh my GAWD, THIS WAS ALL A HOAX?!"
Whoa there random stranger. Again, I’m not sure.
This may be evidence that the whole NSA movement thingamahoosit started on the same day people supposedly rose up to stop SOPA and PIPA. Had no idea PIPA was in play either until recently, BUT… moving on.
Here’s some sources that isn’t from DeviantArt:
In the second source of the petition, you’ll notice it was published on February 17th. Which happened after and very close to the whole protest to the NSA thingamahoosit.
In the last source, you’ll notice it says: ”The SOPA and PIPA protests were successful because we all took part, as a community. As Aaron Swartz put it, everybody “made themselves the hero of their own story.” We can set a date, but we need all of you, the users of the Internet, to make it a movement.”
This could mean one of two things.
1) SOPA and PIPA were proposed and rewritten again, and we had, at one time, gained a victory over it this year (or perhaps it could mean in previous years we triumphed over it, which we did). If we gained a victory over it this year, we may not see again this year.
2) SOPA and PIPA are back, and the protests were successful because we stood together as communities, but they still need us to make a movement, the users of the Internet, to stop SOPA and PIPA from going through. The solution? Possibly a petition.
So is the petition a hoax? Is this whole thing that SOPA is coming back, a hoax? Or something very hush hush?
The person who created the petition must believe very strongly that SOPA is back, and rewritten or reworded, but will still spell trouble for the people all across the Internet. Based on the date posted, and that there have been different movements in February as well, I believe this to be no coincidence or move to create hype. So, it could just be fairly hush hush, for whatever reason. Is it just a simple case of not enough awareness raised? Possibly.
But it’s also possible it could be a hoax as well. This petition could’ve been created as a sort of insurance policy, showing the government that if they try to propose SOPA 2014, it absolutely will not fly, and will never fly into being law. A hoax to create awareness toward the people that are in the government? A hoax created to show that we will not stand for another SOPA? Possibly.
Either way, there is absolutely no harm in signing the petition. Unless you are extremely paranoid about signing your name digitally against something such as SOPA, there really is no harm in signing it, fake, or no fake. It’s not like it’s a hit list guys.
Do I believe it could be real? Yep.
Do I still encourage the signing of it? Absolutely!
Do I want you to panic? NO! My intention was not to create fear and “fear-monger”, as an Anon noter once said my intent was. The post was to raise awareness, wake people up, have them see that there could be another SOPA in the works right under our noses. It’s gone unnoticed for long periods in the past, what’s to stop it from going unnoticed until the last minute again?
I love you Tumblr people, that’s why I wrote this explaining things. This post is an explanation as well as an edit to my previous actions. An edit ON an edit, if you will.
You be the judge! Hoax? Or Hush Hush? You have the freedom to choose!