It's true if you just sit back and do nothing the chance of this bill passing increases tremendously.
Now with big players like Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo, AOL, Reddit, Facebook taking actions our littler actions to support these big companies actually has a great effect. We honestly can't personally community with the government but I bet you the CEO of google can.
Think of it this way, if we did nothing the CEO of google would show up with his letter saying he doesn't like the law. If we try to help him now the CEO of google shows up with his letter, 1000000000000 signatures, plus other major companies that support the veto of the bill as well.
What one is more effective?
I would go with the 2nd one haha.
of course option 2 would be more effective. but superfish is talking about doing nothing. that's just stupid & dangerous.
but not this time. i've never called my congressman or senator in my life, but i did this time. it's clear to me the internet is the greatest free speech mechanism ever devised - no one, particularly not the industrial/entertainment complex, should be able to dictate how it should function. a couple of phone calls wasn't much but it was all i had...and it turns that today, millions of other people felt the same. and they made a difference. support for SOPA/PIPA is collapsing as we speak, under the weight of millions of e-mails, phone calls, signatures etc.
like you, i tried apathy, but today, i just couldn't get into it.
Haha I feel you. The only thing I did today was make phone calls, sign petitions, and write letters to government officials and various companies bashing the SOPA/ PIPA. Having a tech job comes with those advantages haha, well at least mine does.