If I worked PR for SOPA/PIPA, I'd try to associate the anti-SOPA/PIPA movement with Anonymous. Let's see: Megaupload is a foreign website being taken down. SOPA is about taking foreign websites down. Anonymous responds with vandalism as a result of Megaupload being taken down. Therefore, anyone opposing SOPA are criminal vandals. Yep, that logic should be strong enough for the American public.
It doesn't matter what "the American public" thinks, as long as senators' phones keep ringing an people keep organizing. The copyright mafia will never be able to take the streets, TeaParty-style, so whether they brainwash a moron here and there doesn't really matter.
EDIT: btw, I do find the timing of this operation quite "funny". Conspiracy theorists will go wild.
I'm still waiting for a well-formed movement to impact the RIAA/MPAA financials via boycott. It seems everyone that is anti-SOPA is also against their business practices, and if the 4 million people that signed the google petition could even partially support it that seems much more meaningful.
But that would probably entail doing something more than loading up LOIC...
It tells them that if they can manage to game the political system to push the risk of prosecution and/or cost of conviction high enough, then many of those people will pay. In other words, it motivates them to do exactly what they
On the other hand, if very large group were to simply stop consuming they would be in a much stronger bargaining position. I don't see that happening though. I just don't believe enough 1st world humans have it in them to pull off something like that.
but they're also proving that the products they are "boycotting" are so important to them that they cannot do without them
That seems like a rather strong conclusion to draw from seeing someone willing to pay no money and assume a negligible risk in order to acquire the product.
They're probably still going to the movies, renting or buying DVDs (redbox, Amazon/iTunes, Netflix), listening to music on the radio, buying CDs, paying for cable, etc. A total boycott would be difficult - basically no music, TV, or movies unless they were independently distributed.
Personally, I already mostly do this. Pandora on my way to work is an exception.
One thing is to express your dissatisfaction and disaffection towards the establishment who is "messing with the intertubes"; another is to move every night to a different house and go out cutting telegraph poles.
It's time for Anonymous to do something more creative. They are capable of it. DDoSing people doesn't work anymore.
And I support this sentiment. Anonymous is retarded, and HN is retarded for not coming out strongly against them.
This is the kind of eloquent criticism that I read the HN comments for.
Can I ask why you think that? And why you buy into US propaganda and apply it so readily to other groups?
N.B By propaganda I mean applying the label "terrorist" to anything I want right wing support for.
Just how many are supporting this? I do not condone their SOPA-like tactics one bit. These actions are purely harmful to us.
I absolutely support protesting. I just want people to protest in a more effective way. Remember: ex-RIAA lawyers got top Justice Department spots a few years back. This is just the other shoe dropping. This has probably been in the works for quite a while now. Maybe the timing was hastened or something for political reasons, but I doubt they started this investigation yesterday.
Protesting a law that threatens one's own existence doesn't mean one has to then express an opinion on every political fact under the sun.
And do you really think that the media industry wouldn't have pushed for SOPA and PIPA if not for them?
Indeed, they were pushing for laws like PIPA and SOPA long before Anonymous and Occupy even existed.