I was not sure what I was going to blog about tonight and then I signed onto wordpress and all of the blogs were “blacked out” with censorship bars over them. I had seen this earlier today when trying to google something and then was told to check out wikipedia which has a message about living in a world without free speech. This might seem a little odd unless you have been following the news about SOPA and PIPA, “the ban on piracy” which seems to be more like the ban on free speech. They would affect sites such as google, youtube, and facebook. Three sites that as a college student, I use almost daily. It results in punishment for using copyrighted material, which is a good thing right? except for it means if you make a video you can’t put it to music unless you own the song and you cannot record yourself singing someone else’s song. Justin Bieber could have been arrested instead of becoming an overnight celebrity. Are we protecting the things that need to be protected? Not if it means restricting the freedom of speech. There is a petition on google and on this website to show the government that the people don’t want this. I signed it, have you?
January 18, 2012