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The Internet Has Responded to SOPA – and Changed the Way We Protest
The Internet has, by now, long been a place of protest. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have been at the forefront of uprisings around…
The Internet has, by now, long been a place of protest. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have been at the forefront of uprisings around the world, services that act as message boards for change. But today's actions against SOPA - a bill that, for all intensive purposes, threatens freedom on the Internet as we know it - are something different entirely. Across the web, major sites are expressing political opposition in a way not before seen: directly and publicly, to the point of dismantling themselves entirely.
SOPA, which stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, could inhibit the free flow of information and, as such, innovation, to potentially social and economic consequences. Fittingly, the response of certain major sites to blackout their content is a particularly technological form of innovation - a means of catching the attention of the masses in a way none can ignore. Below, we've provided images of some of the most noteworthy - with hopes that, when it comes time to vote, the act will feel the effect.