#SOPA & #PIPA

Many sites are going dark today to rally the internet and help stop PIPA & SOPA. What are these acronyms, you ask? And why should you care? Reddit has a quick breakdown and some good links to help get your brain wrapped around it quickly. Here you go.

We also suggest you read an entertaining article from Chuck Wendig over at TERRIBLEMINDS. Here’s a good snippet quote:

Writers and creatives — again, as individuals — have a lot of opportunity in the Internet Age, in part due to the innovation and distribution the Internet offers, in part due to the social media that connects us all. Harming these by harming the Internet then harms free expression. And that’s no good.

Just to be clear, in case you don’t realize what it means to give corporations power over censorship and the subject of artistic originality, please cast an eye no further to the MPAA, whose arbitrary and often insane ratings of films put out by the film industry help stifle creativity and the craft and art of filmmaking. You really want that kind of control over sites like YouTube, Twitter, Tumblr, Google, Wikipedia?

No, you do not.

~ Chuck Wendig

Image of Sites Going Dark for SOPA & PIPA - Homepages

FROM TECHNORATI:

So Who’s Down Today?

Here’s a list of sites that have provided informational links explaining SOPA’s issues, or will go partially or completely dark sometime today, in hopes to raise awareness by its users, exhorting them to action.

HAVE INFO PARTIALLY DOWN SHUTTING DOWN
Google CopyBlogger Internet Archive
CreativeCommons Daily Kos BoingBoing
RackSpace Firefox O’Reilly
WordPress Electronic Frontier Foundation MakeZine
Vimeo ICanHazCheezburger IgniteShow
Flickr Wired Reddit
Mashable xkcd Wikipedia
TechCrunch Tumblr LiveCulturesWeb
Gizmodo Twitpic
The Verge Tucows
GigaOm School of Informational Studies, Syracuse Univ.
Gawker Pop Culture Madness
VentureBeat ThatGuyWithTheGlasses
GreenPeace
Identi.ca
Imgur
CraigsList
Michael Moore