Sooo, anyone hear about SOPA? How about PIPA? No, Not Pippa Middleton. This PIPA is in Congress. In the States. And it's gonna tear the hell out of the web if it passes. I know I have readers from all over the world, but take note of this regardless of your country. I could write something to explain it, but I would be severely plagiarizing this article from ABC News (and that would be ironic): http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/sopa-internet-censorship-anti-piracy-bills-congress/story?id=15108326#.TxZMkJhParY
Check out that article. And then see if it doesn't scare you. If that passes- and there is a possibility that it might, then the internet as we know it, especially in America, will be a thing of the past. Wikipedia is shutting down tomorrow (January 18), in strike of these bills to "protect intellectual property." I know the article is 3 pages, but READ IT please. It's a succinct way to figure this out. If these bills become laws, freedom of speech will be severely hampered, possibly bringing down sites like YouTube, Wikipedia, even portions of Google. There's a lot of heavily-funded backing to these bills, but there is a movement in the web. Try going to the English Wikipedia tomorrow- try going in 4 minutes. Wikipedia is blacking out in protest. I'm protesting too. I'm not blacking out, I'm encouraging you to read that article and then dig deeper into SOPA and PIPA and find out how it could effect you. They could shut down sites as tiny as this blog. They could tie up all kinds of things. Due process and freedom of speech would be hampered, to say the least. So speak up and speak out against SOPA and PIPA.
I don't want to shut up. Do you?
In news: Wikipedia is BLACK. Black as my puppy Moby, who, as I looked up minutes before Wikipedia went dark, is most likely half pointer. Thanks Wikipedia. May you forever be online and uncensored (come midnight tomorrow).