Friday, February 10, 2012

The One Percent?

"Marx and Engles argued that the people who own and control the material means of productions are the same people who also control the production and distribution of ideas in society" (Gill 54). I think that this argument is relevant to today's world, however, it is quickly changing. The Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA was one of the greatest modern revolt against top-down censorship and ideological domination. The SOPA act was backed motion picture companies, the MLB, the NFL, CVS, Sony Pictures and every other American corporation that you could think of. Even with this immense network of powerful companies backing such a bill, the people did not back down. Instead, there was the largest internet outcry to rip this bill into pieces.

Hopefully, as time and the internet progresses, so shall people's beliefs on their freedom of expression and ideals. In my humble opinion, I believe that the internet allows equality to all gender and sexes regardless of their background. Granted that there are those trolls who hide behind their computer to spread hate and racism, but the internet community is lashing back out against them. A perfect example is the intricate inter-workings of Reddit. The culture of Reddit revolves around up-voting and down-voting people's comments, ergo those who release statements that are racist, sexist, or just plain dumb, are down-voted. Eventually (if not already) the community will become a place that is worldly, accepting, cutting edge and gender neutral.


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