SOPA and PIPA. My opinion is thus:
Every person who argues for or against it one way or the other is wasting their time and energy and only is made dumber by the attempt.
Exhibit A: the quote on quote "largest internet protest in history"
Hate to burst your bubbles kiddies but this is an example of an "exercise in futility" For starters, you are trying to speak out in protest by uniting as one and making people care about this issue... by blockading someone's internet access to a portion of free sites for twenty four hours. I think my soul shrivels up a little as I realize this needs further explanation. First off, a 'strike' is far more complicated than this. The primary objective in one is too choke off a necessity of an entity's until said entity(person or corporation) makes a change you want. So follow my reasoning here.
The only sites blocked off were sites featuring free content and a limited user base. A more productive method would be to blockade porn.
It only occurred for twenty four hours. If someone was truly proactive enough to take a stand about the issue, they wouldn't be spurred to action by this. They'd go outside or watch tv.
Nobody involved in the decision making process is getting hurt from this. The only people taking flak are the ones most likely to be against it. In other words, THE STRIKE IS HAVING AN OPPOSITE EFFECT. It only hurts itself.
Exhibit B: The list of supporters and detractors. Frankly, if anybody is truly surprised by who is backing the bill and who's stopping it they should be smacked. Go on, hit yourself in the head to clear your mind and think for a moment. The people who support it are anybody who: Benefits greatly from increased copyright protection(see studios, artists, publishers, game companies, hollywood), anybody who has a great deal of competition that would take it in the shorts by increased regulation(see advertising, tech companies, colleges, television), and anybody who can benefit from the ensuing shitstorm(see banks, law firms, welfare). Conversely, the people who want the bills stopped are everyone who: makes most of their livelihood off of parody(see webcomics, abridged series, fanfiction sites), makes most of their money off of advertising and open media (see google, yahoo, AOL, Facebook, myspace, livejournal, wikipedia, reddit, the list goes on), and people who would take it in the shorts from regulated uploading(see mediafire, fileshare, manga readers, anime sites, and MEGAUPLOAD)
Exhibit C: fact is, the internet IS in desperate need of copyright reinforcement. While SOPA and PIPA are vague and ripe for abuse, I'm willing to bet the primary reason people dislike them is because they think it heralds the end of "The golden age of the internet". No more "everything belongs to everyone" or "It's not like they'd care if they knew" or even "everything on the internet is okay because freedom of speech says so". I hope most of those reading this realizes that was a load of pixie shit. The internet will not be shut down or "censored". The only thing it's meant to stop is ILLEGAL ABUSE OF OTHER PEOPLE'S BELONGINGS. As it turns out, I find that copyright infringement should be punished. When someone's bootleg movie website is shut down, I don't find that to be "the government oppressing our freedoms", I find that to be the government DOING THEIR FRACKIN JOB!
So in short, if they rewrite the laws to be less nebulous and poorly thought out I'd be happy as a pig in mud. There, I've written something about SOPA and PIPA, LEAVE ME ALONE!
Listening to: Gurren Lagann soundtrack
Reading: The laws
Watching: My cats chase each other
Eating: Day old pancakes