There’s been a lot said about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the internet “blackout.” This was an interesting case where you have two large industrial groups lining up on either side of an issue – and then public opinion swinging things the other direction. Special interests thrive where most of the public is agnostic or unaffected by the decision – it’s why most people don’t normally get too worked about the intricacies of copyright law or domain-name registry rules.
The “blackout” then, was effective because it brought the issue to a large number of eyes, who made their displeasure known to their elected officials. “Occupy”-ers, take note – all the political money in the world will fail in the face of public opinion. That means if you want to get things to change, you’re going to actually have to convince people that you’re right, not just shout at them when you think they’re wrong.