According to David Carr, writing a Jan. 1, 2012 piece for the NY Times, issues crucial to American media and technology businesses and the people who consume their products - even implicating the right of free speech - are about to be decided by politicians who don't understand how the internet works. Apparently these politicians have been bought-off by big media.
Given big media and old Washington's "historically wobbly grasp of technology," SOPA - the internet censorship legislation currently working its way through Congress - is likely to have dire unintended consequences. For example, Mr. Carr quotes Laurence Tribe, a prominent First Amendment lawyer, to the effect that SOPA would “undermine the openness and free exchange of information at the heart of the Internet. And it would violate the First Amendment."
Read Mr. Carr's entire piece here.