In Which Ari Emanuel Reveals His SOPA Argument is “Pay Me and Shut the F*#* Up”

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markcoatney:

From a WSJ Mossberg/Swisher talk:

ANOTHER AUDIENCE MEMBER: You’re basically saying somebody robbed my house and they drove a car down a road to get to my house. So you have to do something about the road or something about the car.

MR. EMANUEL: That’s a stupid example, but that’s OK.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Is it? It’s exactly what you’re describing. How is it AT&T, Verizon and Google’s responsibility to keep your stuff safe? They’re not policemen. They don’t police things.

MR. EMANUEL: They decide when they want to police stuff and when they don’t. Child pornography—they can actually filter that. They stop those people.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: But you can still get child pornography on the Internet.

MR. EMANUEL: Stealing is a bad thing and child pornography is a bad thing.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: I agree. Where we’re not in agreement is, you can’t tear up the road so people can’t get to your house.

MR. EMANUEL: You know something? You need to sit down. That’s a bad example. Go sit down and think of something else and come back and I’ll scream at you again.

Because Ari shoots first without asking questions, he didn’t realize the guy he talked down here is Joshua Topolsky of The Verge, also known as the most famous tech journalist in the room besides Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.

With the stakes as high as they are — and I do mean stakes as high as whether or not we’ll continue to have a free and open internet — not understanding is the most dangerous thing you can do right now. Ari [Emanuel] is not some small time guy — he’s a titan who not only backed SOPA, but essentially admitted on stage that Hollywood paid for the bill through “fund raisers” for politicians. His brother is Rahm Emanuel, current mayor of Chicago, and former White House Chief of Staff to President Obama. If there’s anyone in Hollywood with pull that can go beyond the sun-kissed shores of LA, it’s Ari Emanuel. Joshua Topolsky (via ericmortensen)

(via ericmortensen)

mashable:

“Because the biggest producers of content on the Internet are not Google and Yahoo — they’re us – we’re the ones getting policed. The real threat to the enactment of PIPA and SOPA is our ability to share things with one another.”

-Clay Shirky, in his “emergency” TED talk about SOPA and why it would create a “consumption-only Internet.”

thisistheverge:

Game, set, and match. via @Encarta95

thisistheverge:

Game, set, and match. via @Encarta95

mashable:

It’s hard to imagine a better SOPA blackout page than the one at The Oatmeal [pictured above].
For full Mashable coverage of SOPA, go here.

mashable:

It’s hard to imagine a better SOPA blackout page than the one at The Oatmeal [pictured above].

For full Mashable coverage of SOPA, go here.