I use both Google and Wikipedia almost daily. Today they’re black in
protest of the US legislators’ wish to mollify their campaign
contributors in the movie and music industries by passing legislation
that supposedly will end piracy of movies and music. The legislation
will supposedly keep people from getting to the suspected sites by
redirecting them to another address. This is dangerous because over
time, the government can use their powers of redirection to keep people
off any sites they deem unsavory. Censorship of expression, in other
Governments always start with the vilification of those people or ideas who are in disfavor with the majority of people. Get everyone’s agreement that the targets are bad, then ask for the power to silence them. That’s the first step. Anyone remember how the government made avoiding income taxes a criminal offense by getting everyone to agree that Al Capone, the Mafia boss, should go to jail for it? Now anyone can be tossed in jail.
Go here and sign the petition to stop SOPA and PIPA. Remind your “representatives” in the House that we outnumber them by 700,000 to 1.