SOPA Rage Spills into the Streets of New York
Gizmodo— Something rare happened today in New York. Not breasts bared at an Apple Store. Not a subway train arriving on time. No—the city’s nerds (myself included) took asses out of chairs to get angry about SOPA. Finally.
By the time I arrived in Midtown Manhattan—where a hurried rally had been tossed up around the offices of PIPA supporters Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand—most of the group had dispersed. One organizer guessed several hundred had been there. That’s small nuts compared to Occupy Wall Street—this isn’t a question of social justice, after all, but a rally opposing a bill most Americans have never heard of, in a city known for idleness and leisure. Yet here, even after the main event had tucked back into train tunnels and office buildings, stood dozens of cold people with signs. They were thoughtful, loud, and determined. It was way more than just the expected “pile of white guys,” as one protester put it. Thank god.