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What we can do? Black March

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 23, 2012, 3:33 AM


"Another protest is building steam. This time, its a boycott aimed directly at big media, called Black March. For the entire month of March, consumers are encouraged to not buy any media. Personally, I like the idea of this even better than the web blackout, as effective as it was. Sony, Disney, Fox, Paramount and the WB seem to think they are invulnerable because we, as consumers, have grown so dependent on them for our entertainment. Hopefully, a good participation level will show them exactly how wrong they are.
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Taken from 'The  Inquisitr'

Honestly I couldn't agree more, protests aren't enough, Black March sounds like a great idea. If you are against SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and other forms of internet censorship...then hit them where it hurts, in the wallets. Since this whole issue boils down to money, show them that a terrible way to try increase their profits is pissing off the customers. Sitting back and thinking others will take care of it is how things like this slip by. If you enjoy your right to free speech, YOU have to act. I know a lot of their supporters have backed out of the bill..but its still important to show repercussions of such bills being pushed forward.  

In other news? a word of advice, make sure info on both sides is taken with a grain of salt. I have seen all kinds of allegations flying both ways from things like, SOPA took down Megaupload, to the feds intentions to go after everyone on the Megaupload servers. Remember to do a bit of research and if you find anything interesting make sure to let others know or link it here?

What do you guys think? Is Black March a good idea? or do you think a small few are going to be bored for a month?

( Also there is the issue of some companies being against SOPA/PIPA, does anyone know a reliable source where we can find out who is in favour and who isn't?)

Edit*(cough cough....people have brought up some good points, "e.g If you want to do something that makes a statement, consider shifting your money not only away from corporate media but to independent media. Buy comics published by someone other than DC and Marvel. Buy books from small and independent presses. Support independent production companies who fight to stay independent and fan-focused. Better yet, buy things directly from creators and artisans. Support independent retailers. Don't just blanket punish media producers and distributors—refocus those resources into supporting the ones who espouse and depend on free exchange of information and ideas"postcardsfromspace.tumblr.com/… taking my own advice and looking into other alternatives? perhaps shift your focus to supporting the independent film and music industry instead of the big corporate brands. You can do either but we must be VERY careful about what we do and make sure we don't end up hurting those who have been made vulnerable by the very people powering SOPA and PIPA. As always I am ready to listen to others on the issue, please if you have something to say or agree or disagree, feel free to voice your opinion here. If we want to do something we need a thorough understanding before hand of what we can do and what we need to avoid.

Supposed sites in favour of SOPA/PIPA? theoriesofconspiracy.com/2011/… can anyone verify this?


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TheVeR0-1 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
:iconninjadp: sent me here. I am working on supporting this, but it's hard to rally the family for this. They keep trying to find those none existent loop holes and still want to rent movies _V_ But I will continue to spread the word! Viva la revolution! :salute:
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Squibley Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
To be honest,Black March is pretty much a stupid idea in some ways.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
YES!
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Squibley Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
I mean,it's great that we are protesting and all,but there are limits,and people are just going to go back to their downloading and shit before Black March is over with.
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GothicShade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
US CITIZENS -> [link]

NOT FROM THE USA -> [link]

January 18th, 2012 was the largest online protest in history to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA. On January 20th, Congress shelved the bills indefinitely. If they return, we must be ready.
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eunnie527 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Yipee! Money saved! But no! No media to celebrate with after the final exams!
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pandakitty Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist
I go months at a time already without buying anything but food really, so this would be a problem at all for me. But I'm better people who live in cities would have a harder time. Ah, the perks of living in the boonies, they are few, but sometimes they are great.
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Xelioth Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
great idea, but ill-conceived. Even the most adamant supporters aren't going to go the whole month and even if everyone did, it would screw with the economy something fierce.

I'm behind the idea of Black March, but I think the execution could use a little work, to say the least.
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PlagueJester Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
YES! I wrote a rant on this. Doing further damage to the economy because we can't get free movies is like cutting down a precious tree to save it from fire.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
That is why I think people should shift their attention to independent companies?
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:iconxelioth:
Xelioth Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
agreed, but at the same time "Only buy entertainment from independent developers" doesn't sound like much of a war cry. Far more practical way to do things, and it would be just as effective, but it won't inspire the fierce passion that "boycott the entertainment industry" will.
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CecaMire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Wow that small text is tiny. Copypaste it into your address bar or something XD
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CecaMire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Do something like this? :D

BOYCOTT EVERYTHING
But if you really have to then buy from independent companies
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moni158 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ehhh..kinda interesting since my degree I am studying is a film degree :la: So if the film industry was crushed I would have a pretty useless qualification...lol... Yeah a boycott will evoke more passion than conscious consumerism.

What I want to see is the film industry develop better methods to combat piracy instead of trying to censor the internet.
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:iconxelioth:
Xelioth Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
want to combat piracy? make your product accessible as easily as the pirated version. Only things I pirate are things I can't otherwise get my hands on, and most of the people I know are the same. Sure, some piracy is going to happen regardless of how easy your movie/whatever is to get a hold of, but ease of access will cut a LOT of it down.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
Like they did with itunes?

Yeah I agree, if you can deliver an affordable safer and higher quality alternative, people will use it and its been proven.

Like you said piracy will never be completely eliminated but people can still combat it with less destructive methods than SOPA/PIPA/ACTA etc
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Xelioth Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
well iTunes is the spawn of satan himself, but yes that's the idea =P I was thinking Spotify for music, Netflix for movies and TV, Steam for video games, etc.

How often do EA games get pirated? all the freakin time. How often to Valve games get pirated? Not hardly at all, because they offer a nice service, easy to use and they give incentives to purchase their games, like constant updates that download through their client. it works, so not that many people pirate their stuff.

I just wish more companies were intelligent enough to figure that out....
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TheOrangeSpork Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome idea! but we should do it sooner, march may be too late.
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GothicShade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
you're right, I have already started. I think it's a way to give people the chances to spread the word efficiently first, so as to avoid no one knows when it's already going.
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Los-Chainbird Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I would also participate in this!
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133ly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I support the idea of buying independent for a month much more than boycotting entertainment in general. From what I've seen the people behind independent media are much more down-to-earth than their mainstream counterparts. They deserve recognition, not punishment.
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BreathlessWind Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There should be a flash-mobs of people covered in black or anything really and wearing different masks or sunglasses that cover the top have of their face with the word "censor" in red tape all over them. No ID, nothing.
They'd be an example of the censoring. Once all of this shit is over with they could reveal who they are :3
It could quite literally be a "Black March" lol
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CecaMire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
When I was a young boy, my father took me into the city to see the black parade :p

But yeah, agreed, that would be fantastic promotion and it'd get the word out to all those fusty adults who don't even know what the internet is, much less use it.
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:iconbreathlesswind:
BreathlessWind Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
rofl cute

Thanks! (^0^ )
I just need to do some rewording on my journal entry for the idea incase it actually happens, some nut goes and pulls something and I get the blame because of a simple idea lol
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CecaMire Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Yeah you just need one person who messes up publicly and suddenly the whole thing goes down the drain. :( If the march goes forward, it'll have to be managed quite tightly.
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BreathlessWind Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhg tell me about. It's why I did some editing on my journal to point out how important it is it be done safely and why people who are experienced in flash-mobs mangae and control it so nothing goes wrong.
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RAWRItzKat Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest, this is actually a pretty good idea!
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:iconbreathlesswind:
BreathlessWind Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconshucksplz: thanks!
I'm about to post it in a journal as well, if you'd like to spread the idea so it gains momentum it could really happen.
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RAWRItzKat Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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GothicShade Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
why not... It would be a nice idea for promoting and supporting this protest. My take is why not. Nice idea
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BreathlessWind Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you ^w^
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Shadow0B Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Question. The only release in March I am planning on getting is Hetalia Season 1 and 2 Combo Pak. From what I assume, most of the money goes to people in Japan and within Funimation. Though I could be wrong. So is that an ok thing to buy? Or should I stick to watching episodes online until everything settles down?
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CecaMire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Actually I think Japan gets little to no money at all from sales in the USA. :<
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Shadow0B Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
D: that's sad
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GothicShade Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
in my opinion we should all wait (: as hard as it may be.. they rely on our will to buy, that's why they dare to issue these bills, apart from their need of censorship over the most powerful communication means across the world.
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Shadow0B Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, will do.
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GothicShade Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
(:
so will I
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Ozz-the-Wanderer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Writer
Intriguing idea. I've been struggling to think of how one could actually pitch in on the SOPA/PIPA resistance without just parroting things other opinion leaders have already said. One question though: by "not buying any media," does that extend to cable TV as well? I'd imagine my family would hate me for trying to pass that propaganda around (thank gawd Rescue Me ended or I couldn't even entertain that notion).

I'm not sure who is and isn't in favor of these bills, though I think Mozilla has either said something against these bills or would actually be hurt by their passing considering they distribute their software for free and have wonderful add-ons like ScreenGrab!. Aside from the obvious answer that no online retailer would want to see these passed, however, I'm not sure who is and isn't in favor of these bills. To parrot something another opinion leader has already said, videos in this library might be helpful in figuring things out (though they tend to be 15 minutes long and present many unpleasant truths/scenarios), [link] .

For what it's worth, I agree with the other posts encouraging people to buy goods directly from creators and small stores. Lord knows the indies need enough help as it is, so why not stick it to the man in the process?
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leiaah Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
definitely gonna do this.
it's not like i buy anything anyway ;)
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Bloomins Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
My media literacy teacher just chewed us out yesterday over that word "media." You know, if they're serious about the entire black march ordeal, that would mean that not only will they be getting rid of film, television, and logo products, but also the internet, their smart phones, and newspapers... >.> I'm not throwing this at you in particular, but I guess a different word should be used instead of "media..." :T

I do like this idea though. It's too bad that I could never follow through with it. OTL
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CecaMire Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
You couldn't buy from independent companies? D:
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Bloomins Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Well, sure, why not? I'm just being nit-picky about the vocabulary is all. Which is probably very silly. ^^;
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CecaMire Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Oh sorry, I misunderstood and thought that you couldnt follow through with the idea of Black March, not the literal mediums of communication ^_^'
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Netko09 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol.... This I support, not like I buy many movies, music nor watch or listen to them......


ALSO!

YouTube*Cough*googletube*cough**cough* are also saying a screw you to people who hate the new layout over there by forcing users to change to the new channel layout with no option which looks compleatly HORRIBLE! This is also on March..... soooo..... try and boycott YT as well.... IF you hate the new layout of course.
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zfish9 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I'm fine with this!
...Then again, I still live with my parrents and I never buy anything myself, so it's a moot point.
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zfish9 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
parents*
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Ohyrah Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Honestly, I don't think this is going to work out.
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moni158 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student Filmographer
I have my doubts too, but we will never know if we don't try :shrug:
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Litany-of-Winter Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I say I won't have much trouble doing this black march thing. I don't like mainstream music and most of the movies that come out are trash to me. I won't mention TV either because that box's closed as soon as I can close it (some people in my house don't see things like I do, that's fine. But I can't handle having that thing on when I can do something about it).

So even if that black march was a year ago, I would be in, so I'm in now.
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Artman40 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I've doing my part for quite a few years now.
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