This week saw one topic generate a surge in online chatter, with Web tracker General Sentiment reporting that the amount of discussion exceeded that for cultural calling cards of the past year such as the 2011 Super Bowl, the Oscars and Oprah Winfrey’s departure from daytime syndication.
Only two recent events generated more chatter, according to the report: the killing of Osama bin Laden and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The protest apparently had an effect, as the legislation appeared to be doomed in Congress, as of early Friday. Multichannel News reported separately: “Support for online piracy bills in both houses of Congress, at least as currently constituted, continued to erode at press time. The latest blow to content providers’ efforts to get more power to target alleged Web pirates came Friday with Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) sponsor Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) essentially striking the flag on that bill.”