"No. This will unfairly impact too many little people who have nothing to do with the issue in question. I'm not just saying that because I make books and magazines (my income from self-publishing these days is so small it will not make much difference if it dries up for a month), or because my birthday is in March (no one is likely to buy me anything anyways).
I have a day job now, but if I wasn't married with a toddler, I would be trying to make my living as a full-time freelancer and self-publisher right now, and this kind of mass tantrum would kill my business.
As an opponent of SOPA and PIPA, as well as a champion of independent artists and musicians, I totally disagree with this. We should definitely find a way to solve the problem of piracy on the web. SOPA was not the answer, and neither is PIPA, but this kind of attack on creatives is dangerous and poorly conceived.."
After thinking about it, I decided not to post the response because I understand why people are frustrated by media companies that are trying to protect their financial interests at the expense of personal freedom. I believe in their right to protest. Maybe it's arrogance on my part to think their plans are misguided and will be mostly ineffective. Perhaps movie theater, bookstore and comicshop owners ought to absorb the loss in the name of the greater good. Maybe professional creatives should just take one for the team.
I know I would!