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The Censorship of Collage

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PLEASE NOTE……An update of this post for Wordless Wednesday: there is still time to call your Senators and Representatives to make your voices heard and your wishes known.



I’ve interrupted the RetroCollage Blog early on in the week to pass on an important message and make a request:

Phenomena of Incandescence CENSORED (2011). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

Stars and Stripes of RetroCollage CENSORED (2011). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.


The message is this:

Obviously none of these pictures are censored; I myself put the WORD “CENSORED” across each of these pieces (I did it for the “drama” and to make a point). And these collages have all been created using non-copyright, public domain images, or images for which I own the copyright. And our country protects our right to free expression with the First Amendment to the Constitution.

However, if new laws are passed in the United States — specifically two pieces of legislation pending in Congress — my right to do these collages, your right to see them, and your right to create and display your own creativity on the Net, could all be curtailed or taken away completely — even if you and I have not infringed someone else’s copyrighted property.

If you like and use Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, you may have to say goodbye to these services if the new legislation is enacted. Or you may find that your activities will be actively monitored by the services; that you will be limited in what you may post and write about on them; or that you will be forced to pay compulsory licensing fees to the services, even if you don’t download or share music or visual content on them.

Unlikely as this sounds, the passage of the “Protect IP Act” (PIPA, in the Senate) and the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA, in the House of Representatives) might turn such nightmares into reality. PIPA and SOPA will imperil free expression and freedom of information exchange on the Internet, and might ultimately lead to censorship typical of a totalitarian police state.

PIPA AND SOPA have been heavily pushed and lobbied for by the so-called “content industry” (largely composed of corporations producing and marketing recorded music and motion pictures), which in this case has acted in a monolithic manner and without consulting either the Internet “tech industry” or end users of content. And the form of censorship the content industry is pushing for may have damaging effects more widespread than censorship alone, and might ultimately impair the security of the global Internet.

Opposition to PIPA and SOPA has now transcended the boundaries of party politics: conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, all realize that these measures threaten free use of and access to the Internet for nearly everyone, regardless of party or group affiliation (the exceptions being the corporate interests of the content industry). And bipartisan and independent groups and citizens are now banding together to fight for freedom of speech and expression, and to oppose censorship.

The request I’m making is this:

Please join with all of us in fighting to keep the Internet free.

  • Please spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the threats to free Internet use  by reading the articles at the following link:
  • The website at the link above contains more ways to oppose censorship. Feel free to explore them: sign petitions, support organizations lobbying for Internet freedom, etc.
  • Watch the following short video, which is an excellent summary in plain English of the controversy surrounding PIPA and SOPA, and how they will affect our freedom in particular and the Internet in general:
  • Take the time — TODAY, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 — to call your Senators and your Representative, and tell them or their staffers that you oppose passage of PIPA and SOPA. It will take a few minutes of your time; but just consider over how much time you have benefited from the free use of the Internet, and you will quickly see that a few minutes to stand up and be counted is a small price to pay for safeguarding a resource of incalculable value. If you can’t call them today, please call them tomorrow with the same message.
The Internet is a vast and ever-evolving structure linking individual human beings and groups across the world, in ways undreamed-of two decades ago. It is vibrant, creative, almost alive. It is possibly the most magnificent collage ever devised. But it is also fragile and needs protection in order to continue growing freely. The Internet needs our help and support to remain free.

Thank you very much for your support!

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)
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Tomas November 28, 2011, 3:24 am

When we hear the word censorship, some resistance always appear. Thus censorship always fuel the deeper thinking and change the lovely viewing into the conscious activity. However, while the above looks beneficial, it always hurts. Strange ambiguity, isn’t it?
What relate to your post – I liked it.

Eric Edelman November 29, 2011, 9:19 pm

Thanks very much for your observation, Tomas. Censorship certainly causes one to value things that previously may have been taken for granted, while bringing them into the realm of conscious thought.

Amy November 30, 2011, 1:49 am

WOW!! This is crazy. I didn’t even realize this was going on, but I’m not much of a keeper upper in the politics thing. Maybe I should be.

Eric Edelman November 30, 2011, 4:17 am

Hi Amy, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, it IS crazy, and I urge you to call your legislators in Congress ASAP to ask them to vote “NO” on passing these bills. If possible, sign petitions as well (you can find them at the link I put in this posting). Also, please ask your friends to do the same. If we don’t stand up for this and really let Washington know how we feel, we might very lose access to the entire Internet. THAT’S how serious things are at the moment. Thanks again for your comment and your interest!“““““““

MommyKatandKids November 30, 2011, 2:08 am

Thanks so much for sharing this post! I’ve signed a petition against this bill and shared it with friends as well. Freedom of speech and information will never be a guaranteed right unless we continually show those in power that we demand it.

Eric Edelman November 30, 2011, 4:22 am

Thanks so much for your efforts! And thanks for telling about it. You are absolutely right about continually showing that we demand our rights. In a way, it’s a case of “use it or lose it”: USE the channels of communication to let our legislators know that we demand our rights, or LOSE them altogether. Please also encourage your friends to call Congress, and, if you have a moment, please call Congress also. We need to make an all-out push on this issue to preserve our rights.

Erika November 30, 2011, 4:20 am

Well said – our rights to creativity and free speech, providing they don’t deliberately set out to offend, should never be suppressed

Eric Edelman November 30, 2011, 4:28 am

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment, Erika. I wish you were able to petition Congress along with the rest of us here. But I know that you’ll fight to the utmost defend your right to free expression in the UK, and that is great to know.

Carol @There's Always Thyme to Cook November 30, 2011, 8:04 am

So scary what is going on. I didn’t know about this, thanks for the info, will read up from your links!

Eric Edelman November 30, 2011, 1:05 pm

Thanks for your visit and your comment, Carol. Yes, it is truly scary. I appreciate your taking the time to inform yourself about the issues and act on that knowledge. Please also remember to share this information with your friends and acquaintances. Thanks again for your efforts.

stevebethere November 30, 2011, 8:53 am

Good post and well said 🙂

Thanks for linking up Eric 🙂

Eric Edelman November 30, 2011, 1:02 pm

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment, Steve!

Jen ~ Mom of 2 November 30, 2011, 9:30 pm

Thank you for posting… I hadn’t heard about this either.

Eric Edelman December 1, 2011, 1:57 pm

You’re welcome; thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. And please remember to take a moment to sign the petitions and call your legislators.

princesscj haven December 2, 2011, 7:39 pm

Hello, thanks for the visit.. 🙂

Eric Edelman December 3, 2011, 1:43 pm

You’re welcome! Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Please remember to call your legislators if you’re opposed to PIPA and SOPA, and tell them! They need to hear from you.

las artes January 8, 2012, 7:10 am

The US state department constantly speaks out against internet censorship in other countries. Pressure them to speak out against America’s new domestic censorship system.

Eric Edelman January 10, 2012, 9:37 pm

Thanks for your visit and comment. I appreciate your joining in the fight against Internet censorship. For my part I will urge our State Department to speak out against it, too.

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