Reality shows Roundup – 2011

One of the challenges in writing this blog is the content. Not the lack of content, but the sheer amount of manipulation that occurs on a weekly basis that could form a great blog entry. This past couple of weeks, for example, we’ve had discussions on talking about the anti-vaccine movement and its attendant manipulations, new voter laws in some states suspiciously timed to coincide with the 2012 election, nasty real-estate manipulations in Las Vegas, and sea life massacres being hidden from consumers. And, of course, we have the mother of all Internet manipulation, SOPA, the content industry’s attempt to regulate the entire Internet, currently being considered by our Congress. We could write entire pages on how such a terrible bill as SOPA could get so far – despite the the fact that it can break the Internet as a whole, for example, or that the inventor of the web protocol itself has tried to explain how badly thought-out this bill was, but suffice it to say that the writers of the bill just left to go work for the media companies that benefit most from the act. Or that the bill’s sponsors have gotten 4 times as much money from the media industry as they did from the tech industry. Or that Rep. Lamar’s – the bill’s author – major contributor has been… yes, the media industry! The...

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