A Bad Day for SOPA and PIPA

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Gaming against SOPA | On a day when Wikipedia and Reddit blocked their content to protest two controversial potentially speech-squelching, Internet-mangling bills—and legislators fell over themselves dropping support for those bills—an online guild, the makers of Minecraft and FarmVille giant Zynga all made their hatred of SOPA and PIPA known.

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SOPA and PIPA are bad, not even remotely well thought out messes that should (and likely will) be stopped.

I am however having one issue with the protesters (not the protests mind you, those are going pretty well)

My issue is with the rather large (or just VERY vocal) groups of people who are all over the place right now who clearly have no idea what these bills even say. The people who did nothing more then hear, or more likely were just told, that these bills are bad ect ect.

Now the problem with that is you have people making statements and posts screaming that this bill that they clearly do not understand in the slightest. It's really no different, to me at least, with a lot of the occupy protesters that really didn't know why they were protesting. They are only doing it because they were told to. I find the same here. These people were told, or just imagined, what this bill could do instead of learning for themselves.

In this case it does work because it needs to be stopped but that mentality is, in my opinion, dangerous. It could mean that, down the road, should another bill be introduced that is needed or good for people gets voted down because people who didn't take the time to learn started screaming. I admit this is a rather extreme example but I think it gets the point across

Kotaku seems to be a exception to this right now. I don't know why but most commentators do seem to at least have a basic understanding of the bill, but it worries me seeing people making blanket statements that ALL websites will be shut down. It worries me because they believe it.

Protesting is fine and important to the way western systems run, but people need to educate themselves on what they are protesting and make their own conclusions. Not be told what their conclusion should be