The Wikipedia blackout presents a horrifying picture of a world with no knowledge. So does the Fox News website, which is running normally.Andy Daglas (via kateoplis)
"Today is gonna be the the day/Wikipedia’s gonna close for you/By now you should’ve known how/Jimmy Wales was gonna screw you fools/I can’t believe that anybody acts the way you do/About research”
“'F*@& me', the words are in the tweets/Of the kids who all ignored the news/Not sure you’d heard of it before?/This blackout against SOPA’s rule/Didn’t you see the giant message plastered on the page/For ‘Mountain Dew’?”
"And all the time I have to work is fading/And all the tools I have to search are missing/There are many things that I/Would like to find tonight/But I don’t know how”
"And you say ‘maybe/I’m gonna play a game/or something/’cause after all/I’m a slacker, y’all’”
Due to the Republican and Democratic retreats taking place over the next two weeks, markup of the Stop Online Piracy Act is expected to resume in February. I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.Rep. Lamar Smith • Noting that he will continue pushing SOPA hearings next month despite widespread frustration against the bill. “To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property,” he writes, “we will continue to bring together industry representatives and Members to find ways to combat online piracy.” So yeah, SOPA not dead, just dormant.
While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House.Rep. Darrell Issa • Speaking about the proposed shelving of SOPA in the House, which is a big victory for opponents of the legislation. However, the Senate will continue to vote on the similar PROTECT-IP legislation on January 24, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked for a vote on. Even as the bill has been shelved in the House, don’t view this as an endgame for the legislation: ”You can’t view this bill in isolation; it’s part of a continuum,” Public Knowledge’s director, Art Brodsky, warns. “They will try to muddle through with something.” (By the way, if you haven’t already seen it, Chris Hayes’ lengthy roundtable discussion on SOPA, which included NBC Universal’s Richard Cotton and Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, is a must-watch for its fairly objective handling of the issue.)