Mediatwits #34: SOPA Protests Make a Difference; Yang Out at Yahoo

    by Mark Glaser
    January 20, 2012
    Wikipedia put a special message on its home page when people went to access the site on Jan. 18 in protest of SOPA and PIPA

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    Welcome to the 34th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali. This week the show is mainly focused on the huge day of protest online Wednesday against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) before the U.S. Congress. After Wikipedia, Reddit and other sites went black, and millions signed petitions and called lawmakers, at least 40 representatives and Senators said they wouldn’t support the bills in their current form. It was a breathtaking display of online organization that got results.

    Sadly, the senior senator from California [Dianne Feinstein], who I was surprised was supporting this anti-tech bill, didn't seem to be very tech-savvy." -Danny Sullivan

    Special guest Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch discussed the role that Google played in educating people and helping them take action. Plus, Sullivan created one of the more creative memes by sending a telegram to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) because she didn’t have an active Twitter or Facebook page. (Click the image above-left to see the telegram at full size.) In other news, Chief Yahoo and company co-founder Jerry Yang announced he was stepping down as Yahoo tries again to turn the tanker around. Special guest Eric Jackson, an activist investor in Yahoo, talks about the brightened prospects for the web giant now that Yang has departed.


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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

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    Danny Sullivan


    1:10: Rafat is going away to get married and to take a long honeymoon trip

    3:00: There are more serious issues that should get this much attention

    5:00: A clear explanation of the SOPA and PIPA bills before Congress

    7:15: Rundown of topics on the podcast

    Huge day of protesting SOPA online

    8:00: Special guest Danny Sullivan

    11:10: Sullivan: Big media companies should make content easier to find, buy

    13:00: Should be an easier way to pull down infringing sites

    15:10: Sullivan explains why he did the telegram for Sen. Feinstein

    19:00: Obama comes out against the bills in their current form

    Yang out at Yahoo

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    Eric Jackson

    20:20: Special guest Eric Jackson

    22:40: Jackson: Investors have shied away from Yahoo stock

    25:40: Jackson is heartened by new CEO Scott Thompson

    28:00: Jackson: Shareholders could get a special dividend

    More Reading

    SOPA protest by the numbers: 162M pageviews, 7 million signatures at Ars Technica

    Your Guide to the Anti-SOPA Protests at MediaShift

    Put Down the Pitchforks on SOPA at NY Times

    Where Do Your Members of Congress Stand on SOPA and PIPA? at ProPublica

    Protect IP Act Senate whip count at OpenCongress

    Senator Ron Wyden To The Internet: Thank You For Speaking Up… But We’re Not Done Yet at TechDirt

    With Twitter, Blackouts and Demonstrations, Web Flexes Its Muscle at NY Times

    Google Blackens Its Logo To Protest SOPA/PIPA, While Bing & Yahoo Carry On As Usual at Search Engine Land

    Protests lead to weakening support for Protect IP, SOPA at CNET

    Jerry Yang’s Departure Means Major Transformations for Yahoo! at Forbes.com

    Yahoo’s Yang is gone. That was the easy part at CNET

    With Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang departed from board, Yahoo seeks a new course at Mercury News

    Weekly Poll

    Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about the anti-SOPA protests:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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