Last Wednesday, I was sitting in my house watching the snow come down and wondering about important things like, “is Kim Kardashian the highest paid reality star in America? If so, who is number 2?”
Ever intellectually curious (yep, that’s what I’m calling it) I wandered over to the Google and saw a big black bar over the logo on the splash page. It was then that I silently thanked the weather gods for the snow because I realized that January 18th was the day that websites were going “dark” in order to protest SOPA/PIPA. By going dark, these sites were illustrating just how debilitating the passage of SOPA/PIPA would be to those who deal in the business of information.
Thousands of websites, from major sites like the social news website Reddit, the Internet Archive’s main site, and the English-language version of Wikipedia, to small personal WordPress blogs joined in solidarity to bring awareness to the anti-piracy measures that are threatening net-neutrality. And in the cross hairs sits libraries. As one opponent put it, the passing of SOPA/PIPA would:
…risk tossing ourselves into the dark ages once more, and more so, ramping up the old class war yet harder by ensuring that libraries return to sanctuaries for the elite who can afford to vet which censored, denuded, and impotent knowledge might darken its ancient doorway.
So it is with great relief that, for now, that these bills have been shelved. However, that is not to say that the fight is over. And despite wanting to un-see many of the things that I have stumbled across while cruising the net, I certainly am glad that my search doesn’t come with an installed filter of censorship courtesy of the government.
Oh, and in case you are curious about the highest paid reality stars.