Thursday, January 19, 2012

What We Did All Day

It was an amazingly successful live, online protest against a couple of poisonous Internet censorship acts up for votes in Congress.
In one day, several representatives slipped over into the "No" camp. Most of them Republican, and I am free of any rational explanation for that.
I hope you had a chance to read some of the screams and howls of schoolkids who depend on Wikipedia for "doing" their homework. Wikipedia was down for the day, so the kids' personal plagiarisms would be late.
Some Senator or Representative (sorry, tired) became very (officially) upset that Wikipedia had the audacity to shut itself down, complaining that it deprived citizens of a valuable resource (which is not funded by taxpayers, sheesh).
Ah, Mr. Congresscritter? Aren't YOU proposing censoring, by these laws, websites that you find icky? That don't funnel enough cash from the 99% in your general direction? Yes, then your creepy kids would not be able to copy their homework off the web, and you might be personally inconvenienced. Get your facts straight.
So what did we do all day? We drove the two-seater motor boat/double bed. Just drove it into happy land. Bartlett was a good passenger.


cookiecrumb said...


Zoomie said...

I love the little white spot on the back of Bartlett's neck, and the feeling of power I experienced as those congresspeople caved.

Greg said...

Good doggie! If you really want to mess something up throw a politician into the mix.

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: It ended up being a very powerful form of protest. Internet Occupy.

Greg: We just turned off the dark.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

I loved the reactions to the closure, the outraged students, the cheeky fun pretend facts, the smug librarians - Wiki should do it more often :) For shits & giggles.

cookiecrumb said...

Mouse: The web has so much inherent power to protest. Adored the smug librarians!
Everybody, love one another right now.