Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge list of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.
This Week’s Topic: SOPA
SOPA has been causing a stir in the new media industry since the day it was introduced. I’ve written about why SOPA scares me (and should scare you too), and thanks to domain name owners boycotting GoDaddy, we’ve already made a difference! The bill is still likely to pass, though, so we have more work to do. A group of major players online including Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Google have said they’re considering a black out – that’s how big of a deal this is.
For today’s Brilliant Bloggers, I wanted to highlight posts from other bloggers who are also talking about SOPA. This is a super important issue, so if you aren’t familiar with what SOPA is and what it means to you (and to anyone who uses the Internet), take some time to check out these posts.
Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:
How SOPA/PIPA Can Affect You by Jamal Jackson from 1stwebdesigner
First things things first; before you can start reading all the brilliant opinions out there about SOPA, it’s important to understand exactly what SOPA and PIPA are and what they mean for you as a blogger, a social media profession, and even a consumer. This post by Jamal Jackson from 1stwebdesigner is a great place to start, since he breaks down the proposed laws into very easy-to-understand terms. It’s a long post, but trust me: it’s worth reading and understanding this. Everyone online, from those who use it for work every day to those who just log in to check their Facebook occasionally, is affected by SOPA and PIPA. It’s even important if you’re not from the United States. Writes Jamal,
The U.S. government officials and private corporations aren’t only concerned about how these bills will work out in America, they are hoping that they will have the influence to get other nations to follow suit with these acts passing. That means if these acts pass, then the next country this could be coming toward may be yours.
You can find more from Jamal at Five Alarm Interactive and follow him on Twitter @5alarmint.
SOPA, GoDaddy and the Bottom-Up Democracy (or Mob Rule) of the Web by John Paul Titlow at Read Write Web
Once you understand what SOPA is and how it can affect you, check out this post by John Paul Titlow on Read Write Web. He talks about the recent “mob” mentality that helped convince GoDaddy and other companies to stop supporting SOPA – and he takes a closer look as to whether or not this was a good thing. Undoubtedly, GoDaddy’s change of heart was good for those opposing SOPA, but is mob mentality on the Internet potentially harmful? He writes,
To be sure, some of what goes on amongst the Reddit is questionable and not every member of that particular community has their facts straight at all times. But they’re far from the only player in these scenarios, even if they do often provide a solid launch pad for digital protest campaigns. What’s more remarkable is what the architecture of the Web generally, as well as its social tools, are beginning – yes, only beginning – to enable.
Check out the full post on Read Write Web, and then follow John Paul on Twitter @johnpaul. You can also find out more about him at JohnPaulTitlow.com.
Preparedness In a Post-SOPA World by Chris Richardson at WebProNews
One of the most infuriating things about SOPA is that it isn’t going to actually cut down on piracy, which is the whole goal of the bill, according to those supporting it. People are already finding ways to work around the censorship, should the bill pass. In this post, which is one of many great SOPA posts on WebProNews, Chris Richardson posts an entire list of IP addresses that you can use to access some of your favorite sites in case the top-level domains aren’t working anymore. The list isn’t in and of itself as important as actually understanding why this kind of thing pretty much negates the entire point of SOPA and just makes things more difficult to everyone online, whether you’re a pirate or a legitimate business owner. Writes Chris,
Hopefully, the Louis Pasteur quote subtitling this article [ “Fortune favors a prepared mind”] motivates you enough to prepare yourself for a post-SOPA world, one where the Internet, as we know it, is rendered into a smoldering ruin that’s overtly governed by the copyright gatekeepers. Hyperbole? Perhaps, but then again, being prepared for a potentially real future could make the transition to a SOPA-controlled Internet much easier to navigate.
You can find more from Chris by adding him to your circles on Google+.
BONUS BRILLIANT BLOGGER: It’s a very long and in-depth post, but if you have time to read it, Don’t Break the Internet at the Stanford Law Review is one of the best explanations of SOPA out there, in my opinion. Check it out!
Even More Brilliant Advice:
- 25 Things You Need To Know About SOPA by David Pegg (@iamdpegg)
- Boycotting SOPA Supporters is All or Nothing by Kelly Clay (@kellyhclay)
- Coders are Already Finding Ways Around SOPA Censorship by Adam Clark Estes (@adamclarkestes)
- Google’s SOPA press stunt: Can we truly hold them liable? by Charlie Osborne (@ZDNetCharlie)
- Net Artists Warned Us About SOPA 15 Years Ago by Will Brand (@wrbrand)
- No SOPA for You: This Chrome Extension Shows You Who Is Pro-SOPA as You Browse by Adrianne Jeffries (@adrjeffries)
- Online Piracy and SOPA: Beware of Unintended Consequences by James Gattuso
- Piracy is not a problem; SOPA is not a solution by Terry Hancock (@TerryHancock1)
- Public Service Announcement: Writers, Censorship, and SOPA by Melissa Donovan (@melissadonovan)
- SOPA: All Your Internets Belong to US by Michael Geist (@mgeist)
- SOPA: An Unfair Advantage for GoDaddy, but Reddit and Facebook are Safe by Brad McCarty (@BradMcCarty)
- SOPA, Freedom, and the Invisible War by John Biggs (@johnbiggs)
- SOPA is the end of us, say bloggers by Tim Mak (@timkmak)
- SOPA isn’t the Answer to Our Problems byDaniel Herzig (@techblitznews)
- SOPA, Middlemen and Freedom of Art by Mark Birch (@marksbirch)
- SOPA’s most frightening flaw is the future it predicts by Omar El Akkad
- URGENT: SOPA will Kill Your Mom Blog and WAHM Business by Linsey Knerl (@lknerl)
- What Journalists Need to Know about SOPA by Tracie Powell (@tmpowell)
- Why is SOPA a big problem for everyone? Just ask DaJaz1.com by Ken Priore (@priorelaw)
- Why We Must Stop SOPA by End of the American Dream
- “Wow, I had no clue SOPA was such a bad idea…” by Rosie Siman (@rosiesiman)
Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about SOPA? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!
Next Week’s Topic: Pinterest
I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.