Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Black March


Okay so I lied last week. Activisim post incoming! Though actually I'm not going to be saying much, I'm just going to copy things from http://blackmarch.info/. The point of Black March? To hit the entertainment industry where it hurts. Their wallets. In fact you can do this by doing nothing. Seriously literally nothing. That's what Black March calls for you to do. I quote;

"With continuing campaigns for Internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites such as Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film and media companies' lobbyists.

The only way is to hit them where it truly hurts.
Their profit margins.

March 2012 is the end of the first quarter in economic reports worldwide.

Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally, or illegally. Do not see a single film in the movies or cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD online, or in stores. Do not buy a video game. Do not buy a single book or magazine.

Wait 4 weeks to buy them in April: see the film later, etc. Holding out for just 4 weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media and entertainment companies' profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments worldwide as stocks and shares blip from a large enough loss of incomes.

This action can give a statement of intent:
"We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation which will censor the internet."

All you have to do for Black March is to just hold of on seeing a movie, or buying a CD. This is the Hollywood Boycott, and boy will it be fun.

Though technically I am too poor to buy anything anyway so chances are I would have participated without even realising it, but some of you can deliberately do it! See it as a chance to play the games you've had for ages but not played, see the movies you own and haven't seen in a while, and read the books you keep putting off. 

I'll try to restrict the activism for now.

Scouts honour!

...Like I'm a scout.

+100 internets to whoever gets the reference.  

You have one month to prepare, use it wisely. 

Another quick note I would have included in last weeks post if it wasn't already getting way too long, the super secret guide to safety by Anonymous. 
Anonymous – the uber-secret handbook

62 comments:

  1. Hey! I've given you an award :) http://charlottesweb-blog.blogspot.com/2012/01/january-award-ceremony.html

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    1. Thanks I'll be sure to check it out.

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  2. well that seems easy enough!

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  3. Pffft, you kiddin' me? Right now I'm doin' Black YEAR yo.

    No, seriously, I can't afford shit 'til I get a consistent job. Admittedly, I will pointedly and loudly contribute to Black Month anyway because fuck Hollywood, that's why.

    Not just because of how piss-poor the Old Media bastards have been acting, but also (and above all) friggin' Hollywhack putting out rehashes, sequels to movies that don't NEED sequels and are attempting to churn out as much banal crap as they can.

    I know that's normal for them, but ya gotta admit the past five years there's been a rise in them. A severe and unforgivable rise at that.

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    1. Black year lol. I have been black yearing since I got a computer hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaa arrrgggg

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    2. That is true, it is a severe and unforgivable rise. I can't afford shit but I won't be downloading anything either, that was the main part. This is a true boycott, no purchasing OR piracy.

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  4. Wow I had a huge reply but browser crashed ugh..

    anyway im glad you posted bout black march. I hope it catches on. Though tbh I dont think it will..soooo many people dont know about ACTA and still dont know what sopa was. Its sad.

    Also I noticed you had a stop sopa banner on the top right, change it to acta!

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    1. It really does make me sad that not many people still didn't know just what SOPA was all about, and fewer know about ACTA. I can't remember where I got it from but I'm sure it's easy enough to find.

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  5. Need a little help adding the stop acta thing. also idk why i read it as sopa haha sorry

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  6. Haha! I would have participated without knowing as well! xD I'll pass along the word to my friends!

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    1. Same here but it's nice to tell yourself you're doing it deliberately.

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  7. I need more activism on my blog as well, but I've been too tired to write anything profound these days.

    Looks like I've been participating in this for like forever - the last CD I bought was in March last year. DVD - probably 2009.

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    1. lol if it weren't for the downloading part it's the same with me. I haven't bought a game brand new since Fable 3.

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  8. Chances of Black March working out like planned are very, very slim if you ask me. Doesn't look like Anonymous has caught wind of this yet, might want to focus on that first. They'll bring the plan to the masses.

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    1. I don't think it's going to go amazingly well, but anything is better than nothing.

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  9. doing nothing... i can do that!
    But Im not sure if it will result in the effect we want to. I dont think that enough people actually do this or have the "abillity" to wait for a month but it is sure a good idea.

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  10. This is seriously something I can get behind. Though to be honest, I don't really buy anything but food.

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    1. Well now you can tell yourself you're doing it deliberately :)

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  11. boycott the internet. but then i mite become a success.

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    1. Never boycott the entire internet. That would be silly.

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  12. Fuck yeah I'm boycotting. This'll be an excellent time to catch up on all those books I haven't had time for too.

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    1. It'd be fun to deliberately read ones in the public domain actually then you could really screw them because no one is getting royalties and it's free xD

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  13. This is AWESOME!!!!! I am so behind this!!! I'm partisipating!!!

    (though I'm poor and don't buy stuff, I'm still partisipating!)

    Thanks for this post! This needs to get out there and people need to know!

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    1. I hope Black March does get out there. I just have frightening concerns people with think it's some kind of black pride rally now. Even if you don't buy anything anyway, the no piracy rule is in effect.

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  14. I shall join you! I'm girlcotting the whole industry as well as women that look like celebrities! I do not get the +100 internets because I do not get the reference.

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    1. We've talked before about girlcotts :P But thank you.

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  15. I'm joining too! I'll be posting about this tomorrow and crediting you for giving me the idea.

    You're AWESOME.....awesome.

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    1. I don't know if I would go that far but thank you very much :)

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  16. Haha don't think I could do this! All the shows I watch are downloaded and saying no to buying books is like torture for me. I'll leave the boycotting to everyone else lol

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    1. Well I'll just ask you nicely to reconsider. If you buy that many books you must have some you can read again.

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  17. I'd boycott too but it'd probably fall on deaf ears as well since I'm not big in the pockets moneywise these days. haha

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    1. I think they're so obsessed with profit they would take note of even a penny less in business.

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  18. My family is on board for this. My son and daughter are spitting mad about what's going on. You've hit the nail on the head, money is the only thing they'll listen to.

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  19. Yay for your awesome family :D With kids like yours I can be slightly happier about the next generation. As long as I don't look at the kids in my own family.

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  20. My broke ass will be participating...whether I want to or not!

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    1. Remember to just tell yourself that you're making a statement and not just a poorfag :)

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  21. I plan on participating.

    Except I'll still buy games from Valve via Steam. They're one of the few companies that are against this kind of nonsense.

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    1. I can allow that. Steam is DRM free, those guys are awesome and deserve our love.

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  22. Spread the word! Black march!

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  23. This one is easy to do, ain't it?
    Well, it's been a ridiculous couple of months.
    I do not follow Hollywood (The best thing ever to happen to my sorry ass) and therefore ain't got shit to do for the movies part.
    The only place where I'll have to concentrate is te dewnleading (downloading). Well, it's time for the Realplayer downloader.
    As for books, are they not to be bought either?

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    1. They've said don't even buy books. It's like a full protest of the entertainment industry itself. Though personally I'm not opposed to buying books. Depends who it's by.

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  24. Which month is this going down in?

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    1. This March, so given how it has gone past midnight for me now, technically next month.

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  25. Excuse me, I have to see what's actually coming out that month... Uh oh. Mass Effect 3... I'll try to be strong...

    Alright, I've got to play devil's advocate on this one. It's not a terrible idea, just not super well thought out. Let's say you've got your average internet user, Paul Q. Dumbass. Well, Paul Q. Dumbass spends some time on message boards, and is familiar with SOPA and ACTA and thinks they're a pretty lame idea. He's at a bar with his girlfriend, Susan P. Tardo, and they hear the new Kanye single come on the jukebox. Well, Susan's just gotta have that shit. It's hot as fuck, yo. So she whips out her iphone, sits back and starts to download that steamy jam. Paul loses his shit, and is all like "BABY! It's march! We're blacked out!" So she cancels the download, and puts her phone away. But that song won't stop looping through her mind. Pretty soon she's singing it, and Paul goes crazy. He chops her up in little bits, and when the coppers come around to see what the deal is, and they arrest Paul, and he's screaming "IT'S KANYE'S FAULT! BITCH, WE WERE BLACKED OUT!" See, a blackout can kill.

    On a serious note, I am too skeptical of this idea. Too many people are either too apathetic to care, don't realize that SOPA and ACTA will in fact effect them, are too forgetful to go a whole month without downloading or buying media, and are retarded. The main problem, also, is that even if everyone delays buying stuff until April, at the end of the 2nd quarter, nothing will have changed. They're still going to buy the same stuff, and during the same quarter. There would be a marginal difference, one that the various media companies would ignore. It's just like a few years ago when everyone was trying to get people to not buy gas for a single day: their still going to buy it, just on a different day. They still get their fucking money to buy their fucking lobbyists and their fucking politicians

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    1. I would be happy if Kanye caused a homicide. They might do something about him then. The sad fact is that this is true. It probably won't make much of a difference or people will probably be too retarded to do it, or the media won't give a crap anyway (chances are they won't) but we shouldn't let that stop us. We shouldn't let them think we aren't going to do shit and that we don't care. The reason they get away with so much is that people don't care anymore. Even a tiny stand is a stand. Even if all this equates to is us giving them the finger, at least we did it.

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    2. Gotta do something crazy. Like hold hostages at columbia records.

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    3. Sadly any and all protests (until the revolution/riots) have to be non-violent. We can't give them ammunition to use against us.

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  26. That's from jackie chan adventures.

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    1. You are the first person so far to get it. You win your internets. I'm not sure how either of us should feel about this.

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  27. My birthday is in March, therefore I will paint myself black and black out the whole world. Or at least from my perspective.

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    1. That would be pretty damn fun. I say do it.

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  28. I am way ahead of everyone. I haven't purchased anything but food and coffee for two months now. Yeah, I am broke. Welcome to America! Land of the increasingly oppressed, and home of the not-going-to-take-this-shit-any-longer.

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    1. I wish it were like that, sometimes it seems it is. I may have to borrow that for a tweet. Thank you. I hope things pick up for you, but all you need to live is food and coffee. And you have your internet.

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  29. Not sure if I can hold out on not buying video games :P

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  30. But if I cut the cord between myself and the major movie and music companies I might have to use my free time to think for myself.

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    1. I think that might be an unintentional added bonus really.

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