What If Google and Wikipedia Disappeared Forever?
As most understand Wikipedia went dark on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in demonstration of the SOPA costs, and for them with a little personnel, they certainly have a point, as their service design could be targeted and shut down. There is no way they could hire sufficient individuals to guarantee everything published was original, every sentence, and every picture “duty free” – therefore, what if Wikipedia did not exist? Google likewise blacked out its logo design to obtain us to think also.
Okay so, let’s discuss this shall we? What If Google and Wikipedia disappeared forever? I guess your online experience would not be the same, and no one can keep in mind everything on the internet. If understanding is power, what if your power was hijacked and sold back to you, or kept from you? You think the 99% have it bad now, what if? Got a set of encyclopedias? Well, I do, along with a 3500 volume library, but really it is a tiny sliver of the information now readily available online as you understand.
Indeed, I was talking to a college professor locally here recently about Wikipedia going dark for one day, and he stated he wished he would have known faster, as he would have arranged a research paper or term paper due the following day understanding most trainees pull an all-nighter the night before and lift details from Wikipedia, and it would be fantastic to enjoy them drown in sorrow without all that details, make them do their own research study for a modification. I chuckled with him on that point.
And yet, still we both concurred that the SOPA concern and the exorbitant measures proposed would indeed restrict details, and would be used to censor soon enough. Any politicians who didn’t want review would determine a method to utilize that law to close down their political critics or opposition. Corporate America would use it to close down whistleblowers, or upset consumers to incorrectly prop-up critics of their products and services. Governments would utilize it for the exact same. It would be a problem.
The reality is there are laws versus people who pirate software application, music, films, or sell pirated branded items. No one denies that, and all of us know that needs to stop, however in the end this SOPA guideline will not actually stop much, but it will quell free-speech, liberty, liberty, and democracy. That’s not something that the United States should be spear-heading, it breaks all we stand for you see.
There was an interesting short article in the Atlanta Wire recently titled; “The Excellent Martin Luther King Copyright Problem,” by Adam Clark Estes released on January 16, 2012, which mentioned:
” Believe it or not, to legally enjoy that well-known MLK “I Have a Dream” speech– probably one of the most hallowed minutes in American History– costs $10 thanks to the twisted state of US Copyright Law. With the significant increase of the concern of digital rights, thanks largely in part to the remarkable controversy surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the story appears unusually prescient this year.”
Make a professional Wiki page Yes, undoubtedly, and that’s a good point isn’t it. Well, I will leave you with that, and I hope you will please consider a transformed online experience if something like SOPA ever happened. Believe on it.