January 18, 2012. A day of epic proportions. Because of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), TONS of websites all around the Internet blacked-out their sites, standing up for what they believed in. SOPA is against free speech. The act will shut down popular websites such as YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, and many, many more. The public internet was created for this very reason. To have people express their views, and just be who they want to be. Another act that is similar is PIPA (Protect IP Act).
‘Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’ [from The Bill of Rights] Written by our founding fathers, these words are what we still use today, and what we need to be reminded of. SOPA and PIPA go against these principles. In my opinion, I think the Government needs to do some homework and read this stuff. It matters. On January 18, Google had a petition on its homepage that users could sign, and find out more about SOPA. The petition got over 7 million signatures. The Google ‘Doodle’ was blacked out in honor of the protest. This made a difference in the outcome of the overall decision. ‘...Government by the people, for the people.’
Some confirmed sites that have participated in the strike at the website sopastrike.com include: Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, Tumblr, Flickr, WordPress, Wikia, icanhazcheezburger, and Craigslist. Total, there were 75,000 websites that blacked out on Jan. 18. From sopastrike.com: ‘On January 20th, Congress shelved the bills indefinitely…January 18th was unreal. Tech companies and users teamed up. Geeks took to the streets...We changed the politics of interfering with the internet forever--there’s no going back.’ People are willing to fight for their internet freedom. They will do whatever it takes, and January 18 definitely made an impact. About the Geeks taking to the streets, well, let’s just say that in NYC, those geeks put up quite a good fight.
The web was actually created in the latter years of the 1960’s so the U.S. Dept. Of Defense could share information easily. Later, in the 1990’s, it caught on. The internet soared. People now used the internet for showing people who they were. Without the internet, stars like Rebecca Black or Justin Bieber wouldn’t be as famous. We also wouldn’t have Dramatic Chipmunk, Double Rainbow, Nyan Cat, Annoying Orange, and tons of famous YouTube hits. Who doesn’t want comedy? SOPA would just be discouraging that.
Really, I think that SOPA is just going against our right as Americans to free speech. If you would like to help the cause, please visit sopastrike.com. Hopefully, I will be able to get this onto the internet so I’ll be able to tell more people about this cause, but not if SOPA takes over!. Thank you for not supporting SOPA!