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By now, most readers of the Art of Retrocollage are aware that American freedom of expression dodged a rather large and lethal bullet a couple of weeks ago, when the notorious SOPA and PIPA bills were indefinitely shelved in Congress—thanks in large part to popular outrage from many among you who courageously spoke out against repression and censorship.

SOPA and PIPA would have imposed totalitarian-style censorship on the Internet in the United States, limiting what citizens of this country could see and hear online. In the name of combating intellectual property theft and piracy, these measures would have eliminated due process and punished the innocent along with the guilty, shut down websites indiscriminately and without recourse, and tampered with the Internet’s Domain Name System.

BigContentCo Presses Buttons (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

But now that SOPA and PIPA have been defeated, they’ve also been unmasked and shown for what they really were: brazen attempts on the part of the corporate motion picture and music recording industries (as represented by their trade organizations, MPAA and RIAA, and their allies) to limit competition by establishing a virtual monopoly on production and distribution of creativity on the Internet.

And one should not think even for a moment that “BigContentCo, Inc.,” as I fondly call them, have given up trying to monopolize and control the Internet;  SOPA and PIPA were just Round One in a battle that will go on until the rest of us have found a way to defeat them once and for all. And indeed, the fight may never be over. As 19th-century abolitionist Wendell Philips said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

To commemorate the occasion when SOPA and PIPA got their clock cleaned, and BigContentCo, Inc. was pasted in the eye, this week’s Wordless Wednesday picture is dedicated to them. Thanks, BCCo, for keeping us on our toes and giving us a good fight!


(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)


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Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 12:21 am

Thanks! And thanks for visiting.

Janice February 7, 2012, 11:24 pm

I don’t do too well being told what to do! That said, for you I’ll check the box. LOL

Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 12:24 am

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. (If it’s the “confirm you’re not a spammer” box you’re talking about, I sympathize: I don’t like them myself. I will search for something better. Thanks for your patience!)

Sukhmandir Kaur February 7, 2012, 11:40 pm

Never give government control if you want America to retain any freedom at all.

Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 12:54 am

Thank you. As regards Internet censorship, few statements are truer than this one.

Robin from Israel February 8, 2012, 2:32 am

So true. The time for vigilance is far from over.

Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 11:47 am

Thanks for your comment, Robin! I’m glad that you and others realize this. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share.

Tomas February 8, 2012, 3:34 am

Current news as worry as challenge and discipline – enable us to look more critically at personal sharing : what is our message? What are my posts about? Are they worthy the publicity?

Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 11:45 am

Yes indeed. The news serves as a challenge to us: it compels us to craft, question, and share posts and comments that are relevant to our common concerns. In the case of the Internet, I can think of no more pressing issue than the censorship efforts going forward in several countries right now.

As always, Tomas, thank you very much for taking the time to comment on Art of RetroCollage!

Danielle @Royalegacy February 8, 2012, 3:35 am

We must keep up our vigilance, or internet censorship will come.

Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 11:38 am

Exactly! I’m so glad you understand that; please make sure all your friends do also. Thanks very much for stopping by to leave a comment!

Erika February 8, 2012, 5:46 am

Let’s hope they’ve been defeated for good, Eric! Not sure if this will appear or not, as my comments on your site have a habit of disappearing into the ether – I always do the spambot thingy and my comments are accepted, but then my precious pearls of wisdom simply vanish! So this week I’ve not left any, ha ha!!!

Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 11:36 am

Unfortunately, I don’t think they have been, Erika. I number them among the undead, and I’m keeping vigilant and looking out for their reappearance.

Sorry about your comments! I do actually get them, but I think that as you suspect, Cloudflare or Mozilla may be tampering with them. I’m working to resolve this, and I appreciate your patience. And thanks for your comment!

Harriet February 8, 2012, 2:35 pm

A total example of the 1% if you ask me.

Have a great Wednesday!

Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 8:06 pm

Yes, and all the more reason for every one of us to get educated about the dangers of censorship of ANY kind, and to speak out against it. Please be sure to spread that message to all your friends and readers! And thank you for posting this comment.

aquariann February 8, 2012, 4:45 pm

Great job on another powerful collage! Thank you for keeping me informed on such important matters. I tend to flutter about in my own little world.

Eric Edelman February 8, 2012, 8:14 pm

Thanks, Aquariann! It’s always a pleasure to read your comments. Each of us does tend to flutter about in his or her little world–I certainly do!–but I really appreciate how you’ve getting the word out to your readers about Internet censorship. Thanks again for all your good work!

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