(CNN) — Wikipedia was among several websites to shut down at midnight in protest of anti-piracy bills now in Congress that critics say could amount to censorship.
Instead of the usual encyclopedia articles, visitors to Wikipedia’s English-language site Wednesday were greeted by a message about the decision to black out its Web page for an entire day.
“Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge,” said the stark message in white letters on a black and gray background.
So as I’m sure many of you know, there is a brief internet blackout of certain websites today due to the sites protesting the potential passing of anti-piracy bills. Pretty wacky stuff if you ask me. Like I totally get the fact that Congress is trying to stop internet piracy, because I am one of the few people who actually buys DVD’s, CD’s and LP’s and am not a huge fan of ripping off people who make music/movies. I know, I know, I’m an idiot for believing that but whatever. The thing that is kinda bullshit about all of this is how these anti-piracy acts would actually affect normal, everyday internet usage on pivotal sites like Google and Wikipedia. Also, any WordPress user saw a dramatically different homepage when logging in today as well. The internet as a whole is up in arms!
It seems pretty crazy to me that the web is potentially going to start seeing censorship and search engines are now going to be forced to block certain content from their results. It’s something that has been going on in China for years (because it’s Communist), but unlike anything we have seen here in the U.S. Honestly if it does get passed, it probably won’t have any serious effect on what you or I do on a daily basis, but it will probably hinder your ability to illegally download music or movies etc. This SOPA business is wild, but I seriously doubt the government will go for this, especially with tech giants like Google blatantly speaking out against it. I don’t know why but I feel like Google’s pull is a little more important for the government to consider as opposed to record labels or movie studios.
All I know is that if some sort of serious business does happen, we here at SITB will do our best to provide the best content that we can provide, which honestly probably sucks anyways. What do you guys think of the Stop Online Piracy Act? Think it will go through? If so, will if effect you?