Popular Websites like Wikipedia Go Dark in Protest of SOPA

Popular Websites like Wikipedia Go Dark in Protest of SOPA

Ansley Ansley
Along with Wiki shutting down from midnight to midnight tomorrow, Craigslist, Reddit and several others will also go dark.

Read about it here


I applaud them for taking the initiative and blacking out their sites but like with every other issue in America, I wonder if anyone is listening. What do you guys think? Effective or will it be one more move by the American people that will go unheard?
01/17/2012
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js250 js250
I applaud the efforts of these sites in their attempt to get the word out, however this will affect the basic public. What would probably get more attention would be to shut down sites and pages that affect congress, legislatures, the decision makers. The general public has a tendency not to get listened to, but if there were sites and programs that decision makers used regularly and depended upon--that would get their attention!!

We do have to start somewhere, maybe other sites will follow their lead and hopefully they are the ones that are used by legislatures, senate and other leaders. (Craigslist is really going to suck, I have stuff for sale on there, but oh well--it is a good cause!!)
01/17/2012
T&A1987 T&A1987
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Originally posted by js250
I applaud the efforts of these sites in their attempt to get the word out, however this will affect the basic public. What would probably get more attention would be to shut down sites and pages that affect congress, legislatures, the decision ...
i disagree with a few things. first, going after sites congress uses might seem reactionary at best and threatening at worst, it would be bad PR and hurt the cause. I agree that most of the current sites won't help get the point across, but I think that's because the bill's basically dead already. It's likely that the big guns, shutting down google and facebook, are being saved in case the bill comes back.

A for the general public, the reason why the public is ignored is because they DON'T DO ANYTHING!!! On the one hand, I understand this, most people don't care about politics and want to be left alone. On the other hand, a person cannot refuse/forget/choose not to vote, not contact elected officials, not be involved in local politics, not focus on national issues, or even blog about issues and then complain that the government ignores their interests.

What of the converse? a group of motivated people research an issue, get signatures, put it on the ballot, launch a statewide campaign and it's defeated because people who don't know anything about it vote "no." Or that same group lobbies a legislature, creates a logically impeccable argument, has thousands of motivated supporters, but their bill fails because polls show the public isn't in favor of the bill. the public isn't enthusiastically for or against the bill, but they are against it, however mildly. Do the uninformed, unenthusiastic deserve a louder voice because of their numbers, or do the motivated minority, with the sound argument deserve to get their policy?

Sorry if this sounds preachy, but too often I hear that the public is ignored, but that's easy because the public doesn't do anything. too often they expect their voices to be heard despite never trying to ensure anyone listens. voting, protesting, running for office, contributing to politicians, organizing friends and neighbors in support of a policy or even just going to the local PTA meeting (if you're a P or T, otherwise it's creepy). it's hard work, doesn't always create change and can be thankless, but it's more effective than watching dancing with the stars and complaining about the government.
01/17/2012
Princess-Kayla ♥ Princess-Kayla ♥
I think it's a really awesome thing.
It'll suck to not be able to get on Reddit, but I think it's a really good thing.
01/17/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by js250
I applaud the efforts of these sites in their attempt to get the word out, however this will affect the basic public. What would probably get more attention would be to shut down sites and pages that affect congress, legislatures, the decision ...
Well, I kind of think that's the point---SOPA affects the basic or general public. All kinds of things will be restricted under this bill.
01/17/2012
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I think it's lame Twitter isn't shutting down too, but I guess too many people would whine and bitch about it.
01/17/2012
Errant Venture Errant Venture
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I think it's lame Twitter isn't shutting down too, but I guess too many people would whine and bitch about it.
Twitter isn't shutting down, true, but some of us members (I, for one) are doing a day-long blackout, with no tweeting going on.
01/18/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Errant Venture
Twitter isn't shutting down, true, but some of us members (I, for one) are doing a day-long blackout, with no tweeting going on.
Awesome.

I about had a heart attack when I went to fark.com and discovered they had gone "white" in support of SOPA. Then you click on the video that explains why you should support it and it's just one line in white text: "You shouldn't. It's evil." HA!
01/18/2012
Cherrylane Cherrylane
I think it's cool... but evil in it's own right.

Not being able to use a lot of my go to sites today. A lot of most people's go to sites. Although i agree with this particular cause, I have a feeling a lot of people will be signing petitions and rallying around it just to make it stop. Like whatever, I'll do what you want, just give me my access to your site back dammit.

It makes me wonder what could happen if they decided to rally around more sinister a cause. basically everything most people do on the internet is filtered through many of these sites. If google were ballsy enough to truly go black, I feel like the world could damn near stop breathing.
01/18/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
If I understand it right (admittedly, I haven't read them all yet. I'm pretty sure they aren't going to pass), EF could even be targeted for all the Lolcat stuff shared here.
01/18/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
If I understand it right (admittedly, I haven't read them all yet. I'm pretty sure they aren't going to pass), EF could even be targeted for all the Lolcat stuff shared here.
Exactly! I'm sure they aren't going to pass either, but the threat of it is ridiculous. I'm tired of feeling like our freedom is being held hostage in this country and I do write letters and emails to people in power. All I ever get in return is a letter saying "thanks, but we don't care about your feelings, we're voting this way anyway".
01/18/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
I think it's absolute shit. I blogged about and even linked the petition that Google set up so that other readers and bloggers can protest. If this damned thing passes, bloggers like me would be responsible for faulty links that I might not even be aware of. No, fuck that.

Sorry for the strong language, but I'm not in favor of internet censorship just so we can protect the undeserved millions that are awarded to record companies, newspaper enterprises, etc.
01/18/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Ms. Spice
I think it's absolute shit. I blogged about and even linked the petition that Google set up so that other readers and bloggers can protest. If this damned thing passes, bloggers like me would be responsible for faulty links that I might not even ...
Right on! Sometimes I scratch my head and wonder when the news industry became...an industry. I don't know, I'm trying to dig up everything I can on the matter. I'd love to read your post!
01/18/2012
KrazyKandy KrazyKandy
I am glad they are doing this. Maybe more people will become aware of SOPA
01/18/2012
K101 K101
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Originally posted by Ansley
Well, I kind of think that's the point---SOPA affects the basic or general public. All kinds of things will be restricted under this bill.
Yes. It will affect more than just those certain sites. I for one have done a lot of petitioning and contacting about opposing it. I truly think there could be another way of dealing with it, but tha'ts me. Also, it will affect a lot of online business in a very negative way and that's sad. They won't be showing up in search engines.
01/18/2012
K101 K101
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Originally posted by Ms. Spice
I think it's absolute shit. I blogged about and even linked the petition that Google set up so that other readers and bloggers can protest. If this damned thing passes, bloggers like me would be responsible for faulty links that I might not even ...
Oh shoooot! I didn't even think of that! I'm a blogger too and crap! It's just now occuring to me how bad that could be. I have links in everything. Most of my posts are reviews for clothing companies or something. That's a real bummer! Those of us with hundreds and hundreds of posts cannot just go back and get rid of all the links, fix them.

Just curious, those of you who are against it, do you sign petitions or contact those in charge. If not, do you plan to? Just wondering.
01/18/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
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Originally posted by Ansley
Right on! Sometimes I scratch my head and wonder when the news industry became...an industry. I don't know, I'm trying to dig up everything I can on the matter. I'd love to read your post!
Lol it's super short. It pretty much says "fuck you, government. Here's the petition." I'll definitely post a much more lengthy one tomorrow, when I end up my strike.
01/18/2012
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
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Originally posted by K101
Oh shoooot! I didn't even think of that! I'm a blogger too and crap! It's just now occuring to me how bad that could be. I have links in everything. Most of my posts are reviews for clothing companies or something. That's a real ...
I've signed a petition and I plan on contacting my representatives.
01/18/2012
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