Repeat After Me – Wikipedia isn’t “down” or “blacked out” or “offline”Posted: January 19, 2012
… but you are presented with a dark image and a message. All of which is very easy to circumvent if you have the know how, access to a Google search or the relevant plug-in for your browser.
According to their FAQ:
Is it still possible to access Wikipedia in any way?
(usually blackouts) British dark curtains put up in windows to cover lights during an air raid.
a failure of an electrical power supply: due to a power blackout their hotel was in total darkness
a moment in the theatre when the lights on stage are suddenly dimmed.
a suppression of information, especially one imposed on the media by government: there is a total information blackout on minority interests
2a temporary loss of consciousness: she was suffering from blackouts
The nature of this legislation has sent the internet into paroxysms of indignation while the mainstream media have remained largely mum. I find that remarkable because it seems that the internet, or rather the sites people use to exchange information, are regularly confused with News by regular journalists. Perhaps this bilge being reported by Rory Cellan Jones over at the BBC highlights the main problem – a lack of technical expertise in the field?
By the way that’s taken from the sidebar – the main article isn’t any better. Rory is one of the top BBC journalists. Gosh.
SOPA* is not good legislation. Generally speaking it’s rare anything rushed, ill thought out and the result of outside interference is. Good legislation is built on: consensus, knowledge and experience. SOPA is anything but and I’ll let the great Wikipedia explain why.
The irony, Me quoting SOPA** from a supposedly dark Wikipedia, is not lost on me.
*No, not this SOPA.
**I forgot to go on about PIPA which is a related piece of legislation. At the time of writing support for SOPA has crumbled and likely to collapse. PIPA will probably go the same way. This sort of legislation is likely to come round again and keep coming round unless those making the law get a better handle on things. Lobbies, both for and against, need to get their collective fingers out because it’s clear that the current situation is not tenable. People who create are entitled to reward, also the costs should be fair for the those purchasing cultural material. The misty eyed naivety of the Net Utopians or Blinkered Old Guard need to be dealt with – there must be a third way that is fair for everyone.