Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wikipedia will blackout tonight in protest of SOPA


In addition to Reddit, Boing Boing and a few other monster sites, Wikipedia English is going dark tonight to raise awareness about the looming Stop Online Piracy Act.

SOPA is currently snaking its way through the US House of Representatives. The impending PROTECT IP Act is also under scrutiny.

The enormous free encyclopedia site will be out for 24 hours.

SOPA is a bill that threatens directly enforced action against sites that host user-uploaded content which may have been copy-righted. The bill threatens to facilitate a U.S.-intelligence-led crackdown on information flow by providing legal barricades to slow and/or stop the flow of information on high-traffic sites. Anonymous posted a video reply back in November here.

Wikipedia released a statement saying today's blackout was made "through a consensus decision-making process." It quoted from a recent statement from administrators that indicates that the decision to go dark was "the largest level of participation in a community discussion ever seen on Wikipedia."

Monday, January 16, 2012

Some thoughts on this MLK day

We don't exist.
by Joel DeVyldere

We don't exist in a vacuum, as convenient as that might be. Because we're alive and co-habitating on earth, any disconnection we can conjure tends to be of the artificially motivated and anti-humanitarian bent.

You might hear writers, thinkers and speakers articulating a particular human condition as an 'inter-mingling of destinies.'

It's true.

Schisms turn to rifts, and erupt into chasms. Gravity has a way of working with gale-force winds, and tree-clingers fall, limbs ripped from the icy branches in an awesome display of 'just because.'