829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Eat Sopa


  1. I would be very interested to hear the perspective of the esteemed O Docker, who has the unique perspective of being at the mashing vortex that is the intersection of the "old media" (e.g., newspapers) and the "new media"...

    ... that being the blogosphere, of course, but more importantly the supporting critical resources, G-man and W-man.

    I can't wait for the post!

  2. On second (better) thought... given the potential sensitivity of his employer on this suddenly very political issue, let's give O Docker a "no comment" pass.

    ... unless he wants to live dangerously.

  3. Just working in an industry doesn't make one an expert or give you special insight into its problems, Mojo.

    I wish that I could say I understood the fine points of these bills better than the next guy, but I don't think I do. As with anything written by a team of lawyers hired to advance a cause, we can only rely on other lawyers to interpret what the jargon really means.

    And, judging by who is coming down on which sides of this issue, I think the bills have been artfully wrapped in language that makes them sound reasonable while their real intention is more sinister.

    Who wouldn't defend protecting the copyright on intellectual property? But, just as some very narrow-minded people hide some very peculiar beliefs behind a professed love of 'freedom' and 'liberty' and 'patriotism', it looks like some very shrewd businessmen are hiding behind an innocent-sounding wish to prevent copyright infringement.

    I think deep throat was right. Follow the money.

  4. Exactly, O Docker. That advice from deep throat to Woodward/Bernstein (which I too have been fond to cite) is the north star in evaluating the merits of an argument.

    Notwithstanding the fact that anytime the numb***s former Senator from my state is engaged as the primary (and temporarily restricted) lobbyist for one side, I want to run immediately to the other...

    ... but make no mistake that the BIG money trail is clearly driving both sides of this fight. It's just not as apparent on thegoogleman side, and the supporting argument is au courant.

  5. ... Ahem.