Chris is the head of the MPAA now. He must have promised his Hollywood producer bosses that he could push SOPA through Congress, and he’s pissed:
Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.
It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.
Calling Wikipedia a “technology business” and its users “corporate pawns” doesn’t quite rise to the level of Chris’ predecessor, Jack Valenti, who famously said “the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone.” But give the guy time, he’s only been on the job for a few months. (I’d tell you exactly how long he’s been on the job but Wikipedia is blacked out, so I can’t.)