Google and Wikipedia are speaking up… the cynical would see this as a self serving gesture but I believe that at some level, they actually love the internet the way I do. Its chaotic nature. Its expanding nature. Its brilliant, empowering, connecting, freeing… power.
I just logged into facebook and my friends are contemplating staying completely offline tomorrow (Jan 18, 2012) to protest the SOPA and PIPA “laws”. Here
are the facts from PC World.
I heard on the news today that Wikipedia is blacking out their English site worldwide.
I wanted to double check for myself and yes, here’s a screenshot of my browser taken a few minutes ago.
I admire them!
I’m wondering what action I can take… I could black out my personal sites but what about the sites where I work? Unlikely that I can get consensus on this by midnight.
For now, I will continue to dream of a thriving “gift economy” (you know, where you download a song for free and if you love it and want to support the artist, you make a donation). The artists gift you their art with love, and if you love the art (say it’s music), you gift the artist in return… No strings attached.
Yes, I know there are some that will abuse this. But passing closed-minded laws out of fear is not the answer. No matter what laws exist, those who are stealing will continue to find ways to steal.
Oh, and my dream is not only for artists… Can you imagine a world where business is conducted with the principles of a “gift economy”? Ah! I can dream.
All decisions (law making is decision making) are made in one of two ways: Out of love, or out of fear. I want to speak up for Love!