If you’re browsing the innanets today and see a ton of your favorite websites blacked out, here’s why:
According to SOPASTRIKE.com,
“On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill – PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House – to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.” (source)
I was following these bills for awhile. I forgot about them and within the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing a wave of oppositions from fellow Americans. This is a BIG deal, y’all. To bring awareness to the damage that these bills will do, popular sites like Google, Wikipedia, WordPress, Flickr, reddit and TwitPic have done a blackout. Without WordPress, Clumps of Mascara would disappear. Without the freedom of being able to Google WHATEVER I want, my ability to educate myself and future Clumps kids would be limited.
I mean, don’t get me wrong…there are still BOOKS, but come on. No Google? What kind of world is that? Not one I want to live in.
What else could be limited?
-Posting comments on Facebook.
-Updating your status on Facebook.
-Posting pictures on Facebook.
-Oh. And videos too.
-Posting videos on YouTube.
-Commenting on blogs.
-Uploading pictures to blogs.
-Commenting on forums.
-Posting videos and pictures on forums.
-Responding to email.
-Sending attachments in email.
Simply put, the only way to stay out of SOPA and PIPA’s way is to not even open browse the net on your computer. Or laptop. Or tablet. Or phone. If this sounds extreme, that’s because it is. Despite having worked in the Florida legislature *shivers* where I had to read many bills, SOPA and PIPA are quite convoluted, even for me. But thank goodness for the amazing websites and authors who have put what these bills can do to us in laymen’s (and laywomen’s) terms.
Oh! And if these bills pass, who’s to say other countries won’t adopt similar bills? That would suck. In a major way. Freedom on the internet would be gone. So would my day job and my biggest passion. So yeah, I take this personally.
What can you do?
-Educate yourself. And pass that education on to your friends, family and coworkers.
-Tell your U.S. Congresspeople just how much you oppose SOPA and PIPA by calling and emailing them.
-Join in a massive internet blackout today on January 18th.
-Tweet like a maniac to help get #STOPSOPA trending.
-Sign the End Piracy, Not Liberty petition.
Ways to educate yourself:
-Read the SOPA bill in its entirety. Brace yourself.
-Find out what SOPA means for PR professionals.
-What SOPA is and why it matters
-Understand why SOPA is dangerous.
-Watch a video posted by WordPress
-25 Things You Should Know About SOPA
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Get my point?