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We Didn't Order That!: The Stop Online Piracy Act

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In case you've been living in a cave for the past several months (tell me -- on a scale from 1 to 10 how robot-proof is it?), Congress is trying to push some legislation through the system THAT WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF INTERNET AS WE KNOW IT. And not in a good way like to a Brad Pitt or George Clooney face, in a bad way like to Sloth from Goonies. No bueno! Gizmodo has a really nice layman's terms article explaining the bill and its effects HERE, which is definitely worth a read if you're not familiar with WTF is going on. Then, after you're filled with enough rage at the stodgy old gasbags pushing this shit, you can go HERE, HERE or HERE to write your congressperson and tell them you didn't elect them to side with their ball-tickling cohorts in big business. But don't say it like that. Try to say it more eloquently. Oooooooor just use one of the form-factor emails. However you do it, please, LET YOUR INTERNET-LOVING VOICE BE HEARD. This is my livelihood we're talking about!

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  • Another reason I don't support this is, I believe if this gets passed the goverment will want to pass some other bill on restricting the internet.

  • UmmAbdurRahman

    If you think about it, it may not necessarily be piracy they're after. Such a drastic move over something thats been going on for years doesn't make much sense. Social media leads to social understanding, if our government get control of our online freedom, we'll be subject to gaining info only through them. Not good, with their track record of lying through the media propaganda.

  • n11

    Man, this sopa thing sopa-sucks!

  • taran420

    Why didn't Geekologie support today's blackout?

  • A grand total of four sites were blacked out?  Wiki, Google (not really) BoingBoing (who?) and another that I can't even think of right now.
    Why should Geekologie support Wiki's blackout?

  • taran420

    A grand total of four supported "Wiki's" blackout? It wasn't "Wiki's blackout," it was all over the Internet with thousands of websites supporting the movement. A lot of the big sites, like the ones you named, and quite a few smaller ones, all participated. reddit, Mozilla, 4chan, Tumblr, and TGWTG are just a few of the others that joined in yesterday.

  • Well there went a nice thing

  • Shaun9lives

    Write your congressmen urging them not to pass SOPA and PIPA.  There's links on Wikipedia (that are not blacked out) directly to your local representatives' contact forms.  It takes just a few minutes and it's your civic duty.  If you don't do it, and SOPA/PIPA passes, you have absolutely zero right to complain.  

  • Philip Gasperowich

    Glad to see your stance GW. And also thank you for the eloquent of your article.

  • Guest

    I'm a little surprised GW didn't join the movement by shutting down for the day.

    Anyways, that pic is totally shopped, the shadows are all wrong

  • Jonathan Slamko

    10 for robot proof...... 1.5 for arrow to the knee proof.

  • Sebastien Michael Mansfield

    No. GTFO.

  • Ronald Jones

    If SOPA/PIPA passes, then living in a cave might not be a bad option.

    The sad thing about this is, this is just another step towards removing the bill of rights. This goes after our first amendment rights. The Patriot Act is going against our 4th amendment rights. NDAA is going against our 6th amendment rights. People aren't realizing it because it is happening slowly, but it is happening.

    I, for one, am going to start exercising my other rights before those get taken away. Especially the right to arm some bears who will be living in my cave with me.

  • Sebastien Michael Mansfield

    I'm going throw this out there: I believe that is what they want to do. Remove the bill of rights. I may be crazy and wear tinfoil hats, and imagine floaters in my eyes, HOWEVER, i know when i smell something fishy,and it's not an STD.

  • Nice!
    So the US Government gets jittery again and the rest of the world suffers.
    I, and every other non-US citizen, would like to thank you so very much. 

  • Shaun9lives

    Not that I support SOPA or PIPA in any way, but it's worth mentioning that the US Government gave you the internet in the first place. So, um, your welcome?  

    That being said, all Americans, write you representatives now.  Tell them to vote NO!, or start looking for a new job come next election.

  • That's not the point. It was British people who came up with the World Wide Web, the computer and the telephone. All of of which is irrelevant.

  • It is not correct to say government. Mit and Harvard are not government. I would add that the transistor is a canadian-german thing... so if we start from the beginning... but this is not the point. 

    I share the same opinion of atheistgirl. Anyway my govt sometimes tried to do worse things to the Internet, like many others so... I couldn't blame americans. It seems to be normal to have the worst people taking decisions. As a bottom line I would say that Internet is NOT american of italian or european... is world wide. This should mean that decisions that could affect it should be taken by international authorities. No single nation should have the power to modify it.

    cheers

    Rob

  • Shaun9lives

    It actually is very correct to say government.  The idea of a worldwide network of computers was the brainchild of an MIT professor who later went to work for DARPA, the U.S. government agency which created the internet with the assistance of researchers at a number of American universities.  I'd offer more info and citations, but wikipedia is currently blacked out.  

    However, I do agree with you that the internet in its current form defies national boundaries and is truly world wide.  This is one of the many reasons I don't support SOPA/PIPA.  

  • If this passes things are really going to suck. I've signed all of those and others.

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