I can’t believe that we still have to protest this crap either. This isn’t the first attempt to introduce laws that hinder freedom on the internet, and it certainly won’t be the last – and don’t forget, right now we’re fighting both SOPA and Protect IP (PIPA) at the same time.
Earlier this week it was announced that SOPA had been “shelved,” however it’s already back. It’s disappointing that during the time it was shelved, people (and news organisations) took to the internet spreading around misinformation that SOPA had been “defeated.” I can see why people want to scream that they’ve defeated it, they really want it gone, but we need to be more accurate with our information. Now that it’s back, there are going to be at least a few people who think it has gone away. Today’s blackout has surely helped inform a mass audience.
The mainstream (sponsored) media can’t possibly ignore such a large online movement. Not even the ones who support SOPA. In fact, News.com.au (owned by Rupert Murdoch) has even gone so far to write a completely useless news item on the Wikipedia blackout. The majority of the article is a joke, there’s not even any information on what Wikipedia is actually protesting. When I say joke, I mean that they’re actually trying to turn this serious issue into a laughing matter. Is this really what journalism has come to? This is a perfect example as to why we need our internet to stay open. This single article highlights the “quality” of mainstream media today.