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Forum Post: The best way to protest the media companies supporting SOPA

Posted 6 years ago on Jan. 19, 2012, 11:05 p.m. EST by francismjenkins (3713)
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Buy an indoor HDTV antenna, it costs around 30 or 40 bucks, you'll get all the major networks, PBS, and a few other channels, for FREE (no more cable bill). Most of the big cable networks support SOPA, media companies like Fox News and MSNBC also support it, so we can vote with our wallets. You can also get a DVR, record your favorite shows, and watch them at your leisure. Get DSL only from Verizon for around 40 bucks per month, and whalla (internet, and all the television a human really needs). You already have a cell phone (you don't need a land line).



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[-] 1 points by Mooks (1985) 6 years ago

They make money off of the advertisements they sell. I doubt they care how you watch it as long as you watch it. Most shows are on the networks website now anyways because they just sell the ad space there too.

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 6 years ago

Right, but cable companies make money by selling you cable, and advertising sales/prices are based on ratings. If you no longer buy cable, you're no longer giving money to cable companies. If you no longer get MSNBC or Fox News, their ratings go down, advertising sales go down, and they prices they charge advertisers go down. So it is I think a very powerful protest tool.