Hello folks, I’ve been thinking about SOPA/PIPA and the EU-revisions too since the 18th. There’s something great about the Internet/World-Wide Web. It’s a unique creation. It is not confined to a country or state. It fact it actually behaves like a country. We have an economy, we decide what is acceptable or not. Hell, we the Users have written the Code of Conduct for the Internet.
When we are being invaded by another country we fight. When internal-struggles get out of control we have the tools to put people in a ‘time-out’. We can decide what is good and bad and we can gather supporters for our ideas from everywhere. It is kind of amazing and frightening at the same time. People can make a living writing blogs or making things for other users to enjoy. Sometimes they use copyrighted matierial but most of the time people are sensible enough to add a link or description of the original-source.
To the governments of the Earth, the Internet is a chaotic unregulated beast that needs to be chained and prodded into submission. I disagree. Beneath the seeming chaos of the surface we are bound by order. Our Code of Conduct, though unwritten, is what keeps us from falling apart and unites us as one. The Internet is constantly evolving and we evolve with it. As we interact with it, it changes in little or big ways. However, at our core we keep a simple mantra: Every-user is equal. Every-user has the right to say whatever they want. Every-user has the right to disagree or agree with a statement. Every-user can decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong.
I am Liz and I am Weavercat. I am a citizen of the United States of America and a citizen of the Internet. I as long as wi-fi is available I am a proud User of the Internet.