While 3QD is not blacking out our content (we believe it is better for us to stay on and bring attention to the problem), we are in full support of the anti-SOPA strikes and protests happening all over the internet today.
Ezra Klein in the Washington Post:
As an example of political mobilization —and a new form of political mobilization at that — the anti-SOPA campaign is likely to enter the organizing textbooks. Saul Alinsky could never have seen this coming. As an example of the power and prevalence that these Web sites have in our lives, the anti-SOPA blackouts are a bit unsettling. SOPA might be a particularly noxious piece of legislation, but the future will bring bills that Internet giants don’t like, yet might actually be good for consumers. Will they be able to resist mobilizing against those, too? Still, as an example of the creativity that shines across the Internet, the anti-SOPA protests are, well, sort of awesome. Here are five of the best:
1) Wired.com, where the homepage is redacted, at least until you mouse over the content;
2) Wikipedia.com, where you get to see the article you want for a flash, but are quickly pushed to an ominous, black page with an explanation of the protest and a tool for contacting your representative;
3) Greenpeace.org, where the Internet has gone dark and your mouse acts as a spotlight;
4) Mashable.com, where the front page looks almost normal, but the content is all about SOPA, including ‘This is the Internet After SOPA [PICS]”;
5) Google.com, where they’ve blacked-out the Google logo in a way that sustains the site’s basic functionality—so they’re not misusing their power too much— but makes their point very, very clear.
More here. And here is a good primer on the issues. And please see the post before this one and sign the anti-SOPA petition there.