PIPA, SOPA, Obama and…true love are the topics that dominated this week’s list of top-shared content. True, one of these things is not like the other, but secrets revealed in this week’s final article doesn’t make it any less earth-shattering. No skipping ahead. Let’s dive in.
Our first story brings us to a lengthy editorial that expresses something like love for our current president. “If I sound biased, that’s because I am,” writes Daily Beast contributor Andrew Sullivan in a column entitled “How Obama’s Long Game Will Outsmart His Critics.” “Biased toward the actual record, not the spin; biased toward a president who has conducted himself with grace and calm under incredible pressure, who has had to manage crises not seen since the Second World War and the Depression, and who as yet has not had a single significant scandal to his name.” As the last months of the campaign unfold, it will be interesting to see the attacks Obama’s opponents mount against him, and how he fights back.
In a crowd-pleasing move, Obama spoke out against the Stop Online Piracy Act, a move that put a nail in the coffin of the unpopular bill. A collective cheer went up last week when the House agreed to push the bill off another month after receiving feedback that the White House would likely veto the bill. Soon after, the bill’s chief sponsor, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) pulled the bill “until there is wider agreement on a solution.” In a nutshell, SOPA takes aim at online piracy, albeit in a rather obtuse fashion, by preventing search engines such as Google and Yahoo from turning up results for websites that distribute stolen content. The implications of the bill are vast, and it’s unlikely to pass unless more narrowly focused. Another bill, the Protect IP Act, follows close on the heels of SOPA, and similar attempts to combat online piracy aren’t likely to go away any time soon. Though we wouldn’t dare throw our hat into this muddled ring, especially not in the context of this lighthearted blog post, we’d like to point out that we always support sharing, using the legal channels of course.
And finally, we leave you with a bit of romantic advice to get your weekends in gear. According to this widely shared Match.com article, entitled “How to attract true love your way,” the best way to find an appropriate mate is by first looking inward. Sounds a bit narcissistic – top tips include writing yourself a love letter and our personal favorite, “creating a collage of lifelong dreams and writing the story of one’s life as if it were a fairy tale that ends with all of your wishes fulfilled” – but we’ll try anything once! Apparently, many of us are so focused on finding love that we’re overlooking the possibility that it might come naturally given the right circumstances. The hard part: you have to create those circumstances. So as much as we love sharing, don’t think you’re going to find your soul mate sitting in front of your computer at night sharing stories about cute puppies with your grandmother. Everything in moderation, we say.
Enjoy your weekends, and don’t forget to clear some room for a little love in your life. Happy Friday!
by, Tom Spano, Social Media Manager, ShareThis, Inc.
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