But the mainstream media has been strangely silent.
Rachel Maddow included a segment on her show on Tuesday:
And yet, basically nobody else in the mainstream media covered it until the day of the protest itself.
Who did cover it ahead of time? The Russia Times.
And Al Jazeera.
Why is it that these outsiders, these foreign bodies, are capable of consciousness-raising before the local media? And why have so many Republicans, who supported and sponsored and co-wrote the bill, turned tail and dropped support now that consciousness is raised to these otherwise onerous laws? Why does it take a big backlash before someone says “this law is indefensible and wrong?” Why are they managing to get traction to begin with?
This issue does not fall along party lines. It falls along lines of people who understand the internet and how it works (and by consequence how it will not), and people who do not and simply swallow what the entertainment industry tells them about it. This is evidence, circumstantial evidence but evidence nonetheless, that the mainstream media is part of that selfsame entertainment industry, and it takes big protests and blackouts to show people exactly what’s at stake.