Time Warner has called and they want us all back on the couch, just consuming — not producing, not sharing — and we should say, ‘No.’

Clay Shirky

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“Why SOPA Is a Bad Idea.” TEDSalon NY2012. Jan. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Why SOPA Is a Bad Idea." TEDSalon NY2012. Jan. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by social media theorist Clay Shirky means that media companies like Time Warner want people to be good customers -- in other words, they want them to be passive consumers of content, rather than making their own content or sharing content they like. Says Shirky, people should resist this passive consumption and fight back against copyright laws that prevent interaction. The quote is from Shirky's 2012 TED Talk about the controversial anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA. Watch the full TED Talk here: Clay Shirky - Why SOPA Is a Bad Idea