Commentary by Simon Bauman - tagged: , ,

Who wore SOPA/PIPA blackout best?

Today, January 18th, 2012,  is SOPA/PIPA “blackout” day.  Websites all across the net are “blacking out” in protest and to raise awareness of bills currently being considered here in the U.S. that would make illegal all kinds of  things on the web.

Whether these bills pass or not is irrelevant in the long run.  The web will survive.  Anonymous, decentralized “Internet” alternatives already exist such as TOR sites while other “darknet” (Meshnet) infrastructures are actively being developed. There’s even plans by some crazy-awesome German “hackers” to put their own satellite into space to to create their own Internet.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for raising awareness but in the end, these bills aren’t going to stop anything.

“Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.” -Albert Einstein

Read on for screenshots on “Who wore SOPA/PIPA blackout best”

Google’s site sporting a very slimming black bar across their logo.

Reddit going the “inform and watch this video” route with the obligatory frowny alien

Wikipedia with the ol’ search result surprise page …note the ominous dropshadow

Craigslist with a 10 second splash screen

Mitosis.com doing absolutely nothing for humanity …as usual

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