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The anti-SOPA blackout that was


Almost more interesting than who participated was to see which sites mealy-mouthed their way around it. (Yes, Mr. Twitter, I’m looking at you.)

Big thanks to Wikipedia and Reddit for leading the charge.

Of course, Congress has only put the crap in a drawer for a while, and plans to bring it out again for their paymasters as soon as they think they can get away with it. Joe Brockmeier says the real message should be that we need more and more consistent awareness of what Congress is up to. I say that they make it much too difficult on purpose. They don’t want oversight. It just gets in the way.

Which leaves open the question of what we do next time they try to pull these stunts. And the next time. And the next time. And the time after that. We can’t keep on blacking out because then it would cease to be a protest and become a way of doing the “content” controllers work for them.

Do I have any bright ideas on tactics? Of course not. I’m terrible at tactics. But we need something that hits the four large music producers, five Hollywood studios, four multinational record labels, six global publishers, and their henchmen in Congress where it hurts.

A selection of screenshots from the day:

xkcd
xkcd dark

Electronic Frontier Foundation
eff dark

 

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Updated to add: Doc Searls, of course! How could I forget. With a mine of good links.

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Emptywheel
emptywheel dark

Acid Test and my other site, Re-imagining Democracy
at dark
Reimagining Democracy dark

Boing Boing
Boingboing dark

Craigslist
craigslist dark

Reddit
Reddit dark

Mozilla Firefox
firefox dark

WordPress
Wordpress dark

and, of course, Wikipedia
Wikipedia dark

And then, the 800 pound gorilla who, as usual, did not follow their own fine talk.

The GOOG. Not dark. Just covering up their name which everyone knows. Even though they’d be the biggest to suffer under that stupid bill.

google not dark