The older I get, the more cynical I’ve become about a few matters. Much as I have disdain for the possible ramifications of the SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act), this notion of “going dark” (or having a website “down” or not updating for a day) strikes me more as an ineffectual gesture than perhaps just simply calling for people to flood the phonelines, Facebook walls, Twitter accounts, and email inboxes of those local Representatives and Senators that have indicated possible support for the provisions in this proposed law that would damage more than foreign pirating websites. Something tells me that 99.99% of those who are debating this bill will never be aware of even a Wikipedia “going dark,” so perhaps it might be better to just organize in a more effective way and just lobby the hell out of those wavering senators?
In the meantime, I’ll be working on two reviews, checking my email, and perhaps send an actual email in protest rather than posturing and pretending that’s such a great thing to do. After all, the revolution won’t be televised…nor will it occur by having a few, minor symbolic protests that will not get the attention of those who decide these things. Maybe it’d be best if you put actual money where your mouths are and donate to those lobbying against it? After all, $5 will certainly be better than 0.00001% of the populace being aware that you “went dark” for a single day.