SOPA Down But Not Out

Over the weekend, the Obama administration voiced its opposition of SOPA and PIPA. For many, this suggested the impending death of the controversial copyright bills, but the MPAA seems to think otherwise.

Tweeting on Saturday evening, the official MPAA Twitter account expressed hope that a resolution might be formed with the White House. Adding further fuel to the flame, Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp tycoon, unleashed an ignorant tirade railing against Silicon Valley, Google, and the purported widespread endorsement of piracy in the technology industry.

Murdoch's response is representative of the vast majority of pro-SOPA/PIPA arguments, insofar as it lacks reasoning, thought, or genuine foresight. Such neglect is worrisome.

Although SOPA and PIPA are ostensibly dead in their current form and Murdoch's assessment is fundamentally irrelevant, it is concerning to see such voracious and ill-reasoned ignorance being voiced. Following the assault on Ars Technica last week, Murdoch's tirade serves to underline the sheer level of reactionary aggression on display.

Of deeper concern is the apparent systemic tendency toward such anger. Rather than reacting with a level head, there is a distinct propensity toward blind fury. Considering the attitude toward disruption in the media industry, it is easy to see why so many large media outlets have become such stubborn advocates of stagnation.

While SOPA and PIPA might be faltering, it is difficult to see various supporting media giants simply leaving the copyright issue alone. Feeling threatened by piracy, there is a clear desire for protection (no matter the cost), and while current attempts might be viewed as outrageous, is it really likely that the media outlets will give up?