01 March 2012

Black March

I like this idea. It doesn't speak much of self-sufficiency, but does speak to several issues at the heart of the self-sufficiency movement. Since it is allegedly already on Facebook, I assume it might reach a wider audience than here, but I guess every little bit helps to spread the meme. Please copy, paste, link and quote. (I've taken some liberties with the wording; the intent remains the same.)

Thursday, 12 March 2012 to Saturday 21 March 2012

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

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

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

Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, nor download any films. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine.

Wait 4 weeks and buy them in April. See the film later. Holding out for just 4 weeks will leave a gaping hole in the media and entertainment companies' profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will, in turn, reflect in the share prices of these companies, and the taxes they pay to governments. A gaping hole that they will have to explain to their shareholders as the consequences of their hostility towards the customers they are supposed to serve.

This action can give a statement of intent:

We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation which will censor the Internet.

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