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Damn you lazy SOPA activist

Posted on 28 January 2012

By Azim Azman

If you have been hiding under a rock this past week than I congratulate you. I would like to also find out how you did it. These days even the nastiest of rocks have a half-decent WIFI connection which you can use to get news from the distraction that is the internet.

If you were like me, connected 24/7 to the bloody matrix, you would notice that in this month, the internet rose up against the evils of multinational corporations seeking to protect their riches from the sneaky thieves lurking on the internet.

The internet protested against meddlesome regulations about to be set by the big bad government by plastering their web pages with black bars that symbolises their opposition to impending censorship. If you did not notice that, you would definitely notice the billions of people posting SOPA/PIPA related articles on their Facebook pages.

I hate it. I hate it so much that I was this close to actually getting off my couch to switch off my WIFI. But I thought better of it because I realised I still had some unfinished downloads on my torrent client. I do not want to delay watching the latest episode of How I Met Your Mother. So I had to suppress my increasing annoyance at the numerous postings off SOPA related nonsense on Facebook and just bear with it.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that the legislations that they are trying to pass is absolutely heinous.

Yes, they are legitimate for a variety of reasons. However, what I am annoyed with is the fact that this issue in a land so far away is causing lazy activists to sprout like fungi after a downpour here in sunny Singapore. Seriously, reposting articles you found on 9gag does not count as being politically active. At the most, it shows that you are able to read and that you are able to control your limbs good enough to actually manipulate a mouse.

Just because you read it on someone else’s page who read it on someone else’s page — ad infinitum — and you think it is worth reposting on your wall does not make you part of the global internet movement. It makes you part of the bloody bandwagon.

Yes I’m calling you out as an opportunist.

You live in Singapore, the land where rules and regulations are part of the everyday lexicon. Hell, this is probably the place where the Illuminati tests out prototype regulations before they push it onto the global scene.

Yet here you are sharing a repost about how Justin Bieber might not have had his big break had SOPA been around a couple a years ago. Give me a break. Unless I see you sharing something original and rooted in sound reasoning,I will just go ahead and ignore you, thank you very much.

There are countless of examples of people who are doing actual good by going out in the real world to raise awareness and support to defeat this legislation.

Unfortunately, you are not one of them.

You are actually on the same level as the Occupy Singapore guys a couple of months back. All talk and no action. Before you accuse me of doubting your sincerity and intentions, allow me to face palm myself first and then say I am doing no such thing. No one can doubt that you actually care that this legislation does not pass.

I am just questioning how you go about doing it.

Besides, there are hundreds of actual good you can do in this sweaty island. Good which does not depend on events happening thousands of kilometres away and which you can actually control. Get your head out of your iPhone and look around, there are plenty of ways for you to help out your fellow man.

A diluted version of this legislation will probably get passed. Deal with it, because the damn internet will probably survive that too. Remember that the internet will take care of itself, so you need to stop thinking that your measly Facebook post will.

PS: I was kidding about the Illuminati part. I know that its the Aliens who are in control.

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  • Raihan Jumat

    ‘Just because you read it on someone else’s page who read it on
    someone else’s page — ad infinitum — and you think it is worth reposting
    on your wall does not make you part of the global internet movement. It
    makes you part of the bloody bandwagon.

    Yes I’m calling you out as an opportunist.’

    Made me think twice abt sharing this article

  • http://www.facebook.com/verdy.yong Verdy Wildcard

    Wasted my time reading.