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Friday, January 13, 2012

JofUR Rejects SOPA: Press Release

Contact: Caleb Emmons        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Email: j.universal.rejection@gmail.com
Twitter: @JUnivRejection

THE JOURNAL OF UNIVERSAL REJECTION REJECTS STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT
SOPA Would Be Bad for Business


The Journal of Universal Rejection officially declares its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).  We vow to not publish another issue online until the bill is defeated.

According to the Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Caleb Emmons, "If my--admittedly shaky--understanding of the bill is correct, it would force several of my favorite websides (napster.com, myspace.com, and huffingtonpost.com) to become de facto journals of universal rejection.  Frankly we can't stand that kind of competition in the rejection business.  At least not until we have more Twitter followers."

The Journal plans to join other prominent websites (Reddit.com, the Cheezburger Network, Wikipedia?) in the Internet blackout on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012.  "Our initial thought was to not participate.  We hoped to pick up some web traffic that would no longer be going to those other sites.  But our consciences spoke, and demanded action," said Emmons.  "Our second thought was to replace our website http://www.universalrejection.org with a single image of a giant thumb poking downward into a sopapilla," continued Emmons.  However, in the end, we were afraid that our cyber-thumb would be burned by hot cooking oil, so have decided to position the thumb hovering dangerously close to, but not penetratingm, the sopapilla.

It is also quite likely that we won't post anything to our blog http://reprobatiocerta.blogspot.com on January 18th, 2012.  Sometimes we like to take Wednesdays off.

Ultimately, the U.S. government--or any government for that matter--should not be in the business of shutting down the dissemination of peoples writing, art work, films, and so forth.  Let us reserve that niche for specialized Journals such as the Journal of Universal Rejection.

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If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Caleb Emmons, please email j.universal.rejection@gmail.com and follow @JUnivRejection on Twitter

7 comments:

  1. Good for you. Wednesdays need to be taken off sometimes.

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  2. Yeah, Wednesdays are good for taking off. Also Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The weekend doesn't need mentioning, though I just did.

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  3. How will this affect your position on churros?

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  4. Churros are delicious. That opinion cannot be changed, even if Congress considers the Curiously Heartless Ultimatum Rejecting Research Or Science.

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  5. I'm deeply disappointed you've taken a position. Opposition and rejection are not the same thing. One is active, the other (as you have claimed to practice it) largely passive. I understand your acceptance of churros, but I think it should be your sole exception. I love the idea that I might submit a manuscript representing my life's work and that it might be dropped into the waste bin without having been opened. That's the kind of rejection "I'm talkin' 'bout" and I plan to do it and empower you to do fulfill your mission and do jack.

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  6. Really, you shouldn't have published my comment.

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  7. Dear Anonymous, we did not take our position based on rejection... it was a business decision. We couldn't afford to compete with all the new rejection SOPA/PIPA would afford.

    As to your comment, it was published on Reprobatio Certa, not the Journal of Universal Rejection.

    Good luck with your life's work :)

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