Hopefully this helps everyone understand how SOPA, as it stands now, will affect you. Piracy is a problem, but there are better ways to solve the issue. SOPA is not the only answer, and it definitely isn’t the best way. It will drastically change how we use the internet — for the worse.
Call your Representatives and Senators today! Entering your ZIP into Wikipedia will give you a list of your Congresspeople. Call them, e-mail them, tweet them, Facebook them, send them a letter, go to their contact page, beep them, telepathically communicate with them if you can, send a carrier pigeon, do whatever you can if you also oppose internet censorship.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”—Marilyn Monroe
And now, a Public Service Announcement from your local ranter.
People who choose to use the speakerphone as their sole means to communicate over the phone baffle me. Is it really that difficult to use the handset? Do you have some sort of degenerative disease that prevents you from reaching for the phone and holding it up to your ear for short bursts and/or extended periods of time? If so, please, continue. If not, PLEASE STOP IMMEDIATELY. I guarantee you none of us want to hear you make semi-witty-yet-still-awkward conversation with whoever is on the other line.
Also, it is speakerphone, you are not trying to communicate with the dead. Do not scream into — or better yet, at — the phone. There is no reason for that. Speaking slightly louder may be necessary, but yelling never is. All of this, however, can be solved by simply picking up the phone and speaking into it like a functioning human being.
For those unsure about the proper times to use speaker phone, I have compiled a list.
You may use your speakerphone under these circumstances:
If you are alone. (In an office of your own with the door open DOES NOT count.)
If you are on hold and the hold music is fun to listen to.
If you are in the room with multiple other people ALSO participating in the phone call.
If you are having others secretly listen in so you can later make fun of the person on the other end. (Shame on you.)
If your handset is somehow out of order and you have exhausted any and all means to resolve that issue.
If your conversation is entertaining to me.
And again, if you have some sort of degenerative disease that prevents you from reaching for the phone and holding it up to your ear for short bursts and/or extended periods of time.
These are mainly for office use, so let me also give you:
A list of appropriate speakerphone usage for cell phones:
If you are alone. COMPLETELY ALONE.
That’s it. That’s the only reason you should ever be on your cell phone’s speaker feature. Ever.
This PSA has been brought to you on behalf of decent people everywhere. Thanks for reading.