When speaking last week to the GDS seniors about social media and such I began with the Wikipedia blackout and asked them what was up with that.
"SOPA," responded the crowd.
Now, they had just discussed SOPA and the blackout in a class they're all required to take, but both the bill and the revolt against it had their attention. And when I told them that Hollywood was afraid of them, they got that, too.
Which should give pause to any dead-enders in Congress who think Chris Dodd matters more to their future than a bunch of voting-age web adepts.
I'm not convinced that Kay Hagan really gets this yet, so please tell her politely when you have the chance.
Here's a bit of a script:
And if you want to persuade Internet users to help you innovate solutions for your industry’s many problems, you’ll need to come without your handlers and spin doctors, and without any expectation that your credentials or past accomplishments will carry weight in a serious debate about the costs and benefits of changing the architecture of the Internet to reduce copyright infringement. Come armed with facts, not rhetoric. Bring an open mind. And some engineers.
Oh, and if you’re serious about making real progress, stop calling us nerds.