The Internet Community is in cahoots!
Wikipedia.org joins Reddit.com, Boingboing.net, IHeartChaos.com, and all of the Cheeseburger Network (like icanhasacheezburger.com) on Wednesday in an English language blackout of their sites in protest of the Protect IP Act which hits the Senate floor on January 24th. Read the full article here.
All 3.8 million English-language pages on Wikipedia will be unavailable from 12am to 11:59pm on Wednesday. Originally, the community blackouts were intended to protest Stop Online Piracy Act, but was switched to PIPA when House Rep Cantor announced that SOPA would not come to a vote until later. This announcement came after a White House announcement pledging to oppose any legislation that would undermine the Internet dynamic.
So will it work? This has been in the works for a while now so I certainly hope so. At least, I hope it will make Americans more aware of exactly what their Senators and Representatives are trying to take away from them in Washington. Call your Senators and Representatives and tell them to vote NO on these acts that will limit the exercise of freedom of speech. You can find the phone numbers, emails, etc for your area here.
I must say that I am glad I changed up my dailies so that my Wednesday blog (what used to be Wednesday Wiki) isn't interrupted!