Cyberspace is wearing black today. We’re not in mourning but we could be. Today’s stance against SOPA and PIPA is unique in that it’s a global protest making anyone with a browser open an involved participant.
Last night, I had just finished dinner. Typically, my laptop is open across the table to check in with the news missed over the course of the day. I entered wikipedia.org just to see if their blackout was running on EST. And there it was – the first blackout of many for the next twelve hours. It’s weird because well…it was simple. That’s all it takes. It’s not the interface. It’s the action. The emotional ripple that streamlines from the stance alone awaits me.
I accidentally fell asleep with the lights on and laptop on my belly. From the moment I woke up, it’s been an intense sugar rush. Dozens of Firefox tabs were open, and click click click. URLs were entered and there it all was.
You have never seen #000 (black) applied in such a meaningful way.
Below are screenshots I have been taken this morning showcasing participants in today’s Internet blackout.
Wired.com does the opposite of white-ing out the text and basically sharpies that shit.
Newswordy.com does the black-on-black. Highlight the text with your cursor so you can read the language.
Hackernews, like many others, censor only their “logo”.
I’ve been going on craigslist.org for the last few days looking for a bike. NOT today.
Probably one of the funniest animated .gifs created on theoatmeal.com in protest of SOPA and PIPA.
Flickr is allowing its members to darken their photos today.
Reddit reported early on that they would shut down for 12 hours.
It’s not black but hey…I’m saying “NOPA” with Minecraft.
O’Reilly Media takes going dark as the principle action today.
I was looking for educational institutions that would show their lack-of-support today. Thank you iSchool at Syracuse.
My family at GOOD turns around a beautiful narrative on what you can do today.
Hype Machine also sharpies that shit.
Boing Boing says it simple with Helvetica and Black.
Techcrunch takes a stand with stopping censorship in their header.
Mozilla helps lead the message and protest today.
Thank you, WordPress. Yes, don’t let us see anything.
Ars Technica keeps its dramatic with SOPA news up on top and bloody reds.
Tumblr in support of saving the internet.
Moveon.org has a letter for you.
Modern Method wants you to know what to tell your kids and friends.
All it takes is one line (DotUSB).
Again, you have never see #000 used so simply during intense times. If you stumbled across this entry and would like to contribute to its list, comment with a screenshot and URL. Thank you. Long live internet freedom.