Are you confused by all the rhetoric and double-speak that seem to accompany the whole SOPA/PIPA debate? Do you still have no idea what it's really about? Is it about stopping piracy? Is it something that will help or hurt the internet and its users? Why do so many major entertainment corporations support it? And is it something that normal people should be concerned with or is it just a "nerd problem"?
TED has put together a clear and concise video with speaker Clay Shirky, who discusses the origins and reasons behind the proposed bills and why they pose a threat to our freedoms, not just in the USA, but around the world. It is an enlightening 15 minute talk, clarifying the history behind this stunningly bold step by the entertainment companies to make us merely consumers and never creators (without their permission and a hefty cost). By watching this, you’ll understand the very things that terrify the big media companies today and why they’ve spent so much money buying politicians to make sure these bills pass one way or another.