It’s certainly a bad thing, this SOPA, and defending websites against ridiculous government censorship is a just cause. But waiting until now to get in a snit about the government, and then insisting that the American dream is somehow more at stake in your fight than in any of the great number of other very important political battles that are or should be going on right now, is going to lead people to believe that this might be the cause of self-centered, melodramatic dopes, blind to their own privilege and positively leaping at any evidence of persecution. Then they’ll see that right-wing media clown Andrew Breitbart has signed on to the cause (image, top right) and conclude that, yes, that’s just what it is. And they’ll be on to something.
Earlier today, the anti-SOPA “I Work For The Internet” campaign ‘became viral’. VICE Magazine Tumblr Team’s first reaction was to post a picture of a really cute kitten, because kittens run the internet. When we saw that photos were being moderated, we realized the kitten probably wouldn’t make it past the intern screener. So we thought of who the most hated person on the internet was, and, probably because we read an article about him earlier in the day, decided to post a picture of Andrew Breitbart. We called him “Andy B” and said he lived in Washington DC, MD because it looked funny and also because DC wasn’t an option in the drop down. We then posted a picture of a popular blogger (who we don’t even know in person and, truthfully, we feel a bit creepy about this part but whatever, we used the first Google Image Search result) who had made fun of “I Work For The Internet” campaign. Both of these were approved! And people noticed!! Can’t really believe that Gawker thought it was real though.