I feel like a dummy. I did not notice this protest. Did Daily Kos participate? I do not recall the site being black. Maybe I missed the relevant diaries?
Please, Powers that Be, do not take my Internet away. I will die. Literally. I am old. Internet keeps me young. I plan to remain informed and boogying around the Net for at least another ten years. You would not disappoint a mean trashmouth and yet still surprisingly good looking old lady, would you?
Wednesday 18 January marked the largest online protest in the history of the internet. Websites from large to small "went dark" in protest of proposed legislation before the US House and Senate that could profoundly change the internet. The two bills, Sopa in the House and Pipa in the Senate, ostensibly aim to stop the piracy of copyrighted material over the internet on websites based outside the US. Critics – among them, the founders of Google, Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, Tumblr and Twitter – counter that the laws will stifle innovation and investment, hallmarks of the free, open internet. The Obama administration has offered muted criticism of the legislation, but, as many of his supporters have painfully learned, what President Barack Obama questions one day, he signs into law the next.