Blog By: Caroline Wingard
Government backed off on privacy:
SOPA is dead! Lamar Smith, the chief sponsor of SOPA, said that he is pulling the bill “until there is wider agreement on a solution.”
For all of you who have been living under a rock all week, I am not talking about a bar of soap. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is an anti-piracy bill, which drove the whole online world crazy. For all of you who noticed, there was a widespread Internet blackout on Wednesday protesting SOPA. Wikipedia went dark, Google hung a black sash on its logo and crowds marched in protest.
How does this affect the movie industry? People say that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) blames online piracy of films for the failings of the film industry, but blame is the wrong word to use when there truth to that statement.
Avatar has been the number one most pirated movie so far with over 21 million downloads since its release in 2009. That’s 21 million movie tickets lost in sales!
And to make the whole SOPA story even more interesting – there is an infamous hacker collective involved called “The Anonymous”. After SOPA was announced, The Anonymous started to tweet, hacking into all the bigger corporations’ Web sites, such as the MPAA.
The Anonymous wear Guy Fawkes masks like in the final, mind-blowing, Parliament-exploding scene in V for Vendetta (which they probably did not pay to watch) to make a statement. Their motto: “We are Anonymous. We are legion. We never forgive. We never forget. Expect us.”
I think the world has underestimated “computer geeks”. I believe we are learning they are just as dangerous as any other criminal.
Moving on to more entertaining news…
Lady Gaga is once again proving to be more than just a pop star dressed in weirdly amusing clothes.
She is teaming up with Harvard University to form the “Born This Way Foundation”, a nonprofit, charitable organization.
The purpose is to “explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment” with a focus on issues such as “self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and advocacy,” according to a Harvard release.
Lady Gaga might not be a person I would take fashion advice from, but she is using her fame for good causes. We are living in a society where The Terminator managed to become a governor, so obviously we are listening more to Hollywood stars than politicians and they are becoming our biggest influencers.
This could be the reason why President Obama burst into song while thanking Al Green during a fundraiser at Manhattan’s Apollo Theater late Thursday. Obama launched into “Let’s Stay Together,” warbling “I, I’m so in love with you.” And I have to say, I was pretty impressed watching the video clip of Obama singing. Maybe Mr. President should audition for American Idol.
Speaking of American Idol…
The show just started a new season, and the numbers are proving the world is slowly getting tired of watching the trio of judges laugh at or love the wannabe singers who share the dream of making it big in Hollywood. There could be many reasons why American Idol’s ratings are going down. First of all, it is like the billionth season now and we all tend to forget about the winner the day after. Simon Cowell – the most popular judge everyone loved to hate – is no longer there to scream at contestants or give his fellow judges snarky, sarcastic comments. I think we all secretly miss Simon.
And last but not least…
Rumor has it Johnny Depp is on the market again after 14 years with Vanessa Paradis. So go ahead and book that spa day, ladies. You might meet Johnny at the club this weekend.