SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) 101
Tumblr makes it braindead easy to call your representative to let her or him know you oppose this bill. It even dials the number for your phone in case you’ve recently broken a limb. I just did this and it took less time than changing my Twitter avatar. I promise. You can also email or attend a town hall wherever you are to address your representatives (for me in San Francisco these are PIPA (Protect IP Act) co-sponsors Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein, who I actually voted for.
Remember that even though all the tech entrepreneurs, VCs, journalists and their sycophants you follow on Twitter oppose SOPA/PIPA; a lot—possibly *most*—of the companies whose products and services you buy support or sponsor it. Boycott these companies;and call, tweet or FB post to them why you’re doing so. They, or at very least their PR and social media managers, are listening.
You’re probably not wondering but I’ll tell you why anyway, I’m not going to change my Twitter avatar because 1. I have a general disdain for the commodification (or worse, meme-ification) of activism, and don’t apologize for being self-righteous about this because I’m not too afraid or lazy to volunteer, donate, boycott, criticize or protest pretty much anything; 2. it’s not my style, even though it’s black & white and not some ugly color like magenta and 3. everyone that follows me on Twitter already agrees with me or doesn’t know what SOPA is and won’t start caring enough to do anything just because there’s suddenly some text where my neck used to be.