Why Can’t I Find Out What Ever Happened to Milli Vanilli?
A World Without Wikipedia! What am I going to do? Where am I going to turn the next time someone asks me the capital of Madagascar or the name of Kim Kardasian’s latest husband? Even Wikipedia doesn’t update that quickly. Who is going to help my teenage son with his homework. (he doesn’t trust Wiki anymore after it said the 42 president was Mickey Mouse, really!)
I don’t use Wikipedia much, however I am a computer geek and have followed this story closely (in between levels of Angry birds). I’ve noticed for many months members of the Wikipedia staff petitioning users to support the on-line Encyclopedia. A protest to raise awareness (or as some call it a stunt) could be the ticket. This whole thing revolves around the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act (SOPA and PIPA), two pieces of legislation pending in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. In reality, these bills are “efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites.” In the opinion of Wikipedia and many others, “they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet.” Sounds like something right out of 1984. If you would like to learn more, simply go to Wikipedia.com and do your own research. But of course, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Wikipedia is down today.