A day without Wikipedia??? How will I ever fact check that my homemade recipe for moonshine is accurate, I’m trying to run a speakeasy here for goodness sake!
Yes, today is finally the day you’ll actually have a reason to dust off those Encyclopedia Britannicas folks. If you are still in the dark about the blackout protest that is going on today, I will simply refer you to the SOPA Strike page. For the rest of you that are well aware of the censorship strike, Wikipedia is just one of 100’s of protesting SOPA and PIPA Internet censorship bills by blacking out their websites for the day.
Instead of getting into all the nitty gritty details of the politics behind the SOPA and PIPA bills, which will be going before congress on the 24th, we thought it would be fun to show you a few of our favorite sites of blackout Wednesday supporters.
Not only is it blackout Wednesday, today has also become a “snow day” for college students as they won’t be writing any research papers without their trusty online resource Wikipedia. Wikipedia site’s simply shows the clean phrase “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge” which exemplifies precisely what could take place with Internet censorship bills in place.
A simple, yet bold censorship statement can be found on Google today. Google has also made it simple for blackout day supporters to sign a petition against the SOPA and PIPA bills, and share this information with friends on Facebook and other social sites. SOPA beware, Google is not a force to be reckoned with.
Wired also went with the censorship theme, but took it to the extreme.
Mozilla, Buzzfeed & Twitpic
Reddit joined in with a true blackout, blacking out their site for a full 12 hours. Their blackout page is also a great resource for more information on the Bills and upcoming events around them. Note the time clock next to the logo, indicating when their site will be live again, a nice added touch.
The Raw Story
The Raw Story posted a creative video on their blackout page comically depicting their thoughts on censorship.
The Daily What
And because we have a slight cheeseburger obsession here at Wpromote, I had to include TheDailyWh.at on this list and their fight to keep Cheezburger uncensored.
Those are just a few of the blackout Wednesdays sites that we came across, and it appears their support is already having an affect. A few of the Bills co-sponsors have already backed out in their support, and with protestors such as Mark Zuckerburg speaking out, these Bills are going to have a tough time come January 24th.