I think we are mostly adults here, who recognize sarcasm when we see it. Nobody is glorifying anything. If Mike's joking nature feel on deaf ears for you this time, rest assured, he'll keep trying in future "tongue-in-cheek" posts.
Also, say goodbye to Facebook. I cannot count how many infringing photos I've seen on peoples' photo galleries. Facebook better get going now, so by the time this bill is in effect, they won't be hosting infringing photos anymore.
Asking Flea Market operators to police their occupants' stalls is like asking the NFL officials to diagnose concussions during the game. How is the Flea Market operator supposed to know what is real/fake?
Since some pro-SOPA/E-PARASITE people like to relate the digital realm to the real world, I have an analogy to offer.
Blocking a DNS for a domain that has multiple non-infringing sub-domains just because one site is infringing is like closing down an entire mall because one store is selling counterfeit socks. In what world, be it digital or real, does that make sense?
I believe the barrier is not to keep them in, but instead to designate the "protest area." Did I mention that I think protests are worthless? They try to draw attention to their cause, but most people are apathetic, and won't remember next week.
As for the pepper spraying, maybe the cops were afraid of the trim-haired Wiccan in the prairie skirt. Maybe she was about to cast a spell on their asses, so they had to act. That's the aggression they were anticipating.
I think one major insight that Neal Gabler underestimates is the human mind's ability to filter "noise." As DOtz pointed out above, "Ninty percent of everything is crap," and our eyes/minds filter that crap out. It's like banner ads on websites. I don't even notice them, unless it's something that my mind thinks I need, then I look at the ad.
If nothing else, the Age of the Internet/Information or whatever you want to call it, has given us the ability to quickly, mentally sort what is relevant, and what is noise.
Sure, there are thousands of tweets, wall postings, and blog entries every day, so much so that we couldn't possibly read them all. Our filter kicks in and we only see what we need to see.
I don't think that the US government has been giving North Korea the time of day. Perhaps that's why they are 50-75 years behind the rest of the civilized world. I vote that the US government start giving North Korea the time of day, so they can join us in this century.