And it also demeans the work of millions of people who, of their own volition, chose to engage in this effort. And it doesn't speak to the fact that there are now these structures that are more and more entrenched, on our side, that will facilitate this sort of work happening again in the future.
It also speaks to what aspects of the fight are not replicable. While Google didn't govern all of the activism, they and other platforms played an important role in it and one that they're only going to be willing to play when it aligns with their self-interest.
There was this notion in the immediate aftermath of SOPA that there was some switch that could just be pulled and you would be able to create this outpouring of concern from the Internet. So it speaks to the [extent] to which that's not precisely the case and we need to calibrate our expectations and continue to work really hard and do that progressive organizing if we want to see such successes down the line.
: This Just In
, David Segal, SOPA, internet piracy