Reddit Co-Founder: SOPA Protest Shows Democracy Works

February 8, 2012 -

In a recent interview with Politico, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said that the protests last month against SOPA proved that democracy can still work if enough people get involved.

"It’s motivating because this was a decentralized movement. Lots of people with great ideas started contributing and it started to get momentum," Ohanian added. "This idea went viral. It’s powerful when you think we’ve now hit this critical mass. We can get a message out there that actually affects politicians."

Ohanian told the publication that he would not rule out blacking out the site again - if the community of users calls for it. He also added that the Internet knows that blacking out the site all the time is not a good idea either and causes that type of protest to lose value with repetition.

And while Ohanian admitted that online piracy is a problem, he said that the best way for rights holders to fight is by innovating.

There's a lot more that Ohanian has to say about the subject at Politico. The article features a multi-part interview with Ohanian tackling on various topics.

Source: Politico


Comments

Re: Reddit Co-Founder: SOPA Protest Shows Democracy Works

Yes, democracy works because you can pressure enough people into rising up on one issue!

Of course, once that one issue is resolved, all those people immediately drop back into apathy, and it will be twice as hard to to raise them next time.  But surely they won't ever be needed again!

Re: Reddit Co-Founder: SOPA Protest Shows Democracy Works

Cynicism level is above 9000!

Re: Reddit Co-Founder: SOPA Protest Shows Democracy Works

Being cynical doesn't make me wrong.

Re: Reddit Co-Founder: SOPA Protest Shows Democracy Works

Sure enough doesn't...

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Re: Reddit Co-Founder: SOPA Protest Shows Democracy Works

The opposite is also true, but it's just a matter of opinion.

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