Today, millions of websites are going “dark,” in protest of the SOPA/PIPA bills that will essentially cripple the internet. You can read all about them from the many websites protesting the bills.
I’m here to make another statement, however. I agree, the bills are wrong. Taking a stand is the right thing to do. Blacking out websites for 24 hours, on the grand scale of things, seems pointless.
I have 2 problems with this plan.
- It’s not big enough. 24 hours? That’s nothing. I can spend my Wednesday doing something other than going online. And it’s not like any of the social networks went down. I feel a much bigger impact could be made if these sites went down for a week, 2 weeks or a month. Show them what the internet would be like if it were completely crippled.
- Terrorist win. By blacking out these websites, we’re basically caving in. How are we making a stand if we are doing to ourselves what they are trying to do to us? I don’t remember hearing Rosa Parks sitting in the back of the bus to protest sitting in the back of the bus. If we want to make a stand, we have to make more of a nuisance than we already are! Create a Pickett line in the street to block the flow of traffic! Write – with pen and paper – to your senator! That actually works! If they don’t listen to the people, then it’s time the people started making them listen!
Sign this petition by Google. Make a stand. And if this blackout doesn’t work, then we must try something else. Where flower-power fails, we must 1-up it.
And that’s all I have to say on that.
No… The unthinkable… ZOMBOCOM has gone dark!
- Google Protests SOPA And PIPA By Censoring Logo, Offering Information And A Petition (inquisitr.com)
- Wikipedia Blackout: Websites Wikipedia, Reddit, Others Go Dark Wednesday to Protest SOPA, PIPA (onlineupdaters.wordpress.com)
- Blackout (ninapaley.com)
- Websites go dark at start of SOPA/PIPA protest (digitaltrends.com)
- [Internet] NO to SOPA and PIPA (geeky-guide.com)