Monday, January 23, 2012

SOPA/PIPA thrown out

Well, it's official.  After the massive internet outcry last Wednesday, SOPA and PIPA have been indefinitely suspended.  Read more here.

(I'd have shared this sooner, and put this blog back to normal, but I've been sick pretty much continuously since then, hence no post on Thursday.  It'll take me a little time to put everything back the way it was, so pardon the unfamiliar appearance until I'm feeling better.)

Here's the thing that bothers me, though.  A lot of people were complaining, and not without merit, that it took this to get us to act.  It took the threat of having the internet held hostage to rouse this generation.  There are hundreds of injustices happening every day.  Poverty, slavery, abuse, torture...  You get the idea.

The SOPA/PIPA thing proved one thing for sure:  we have the power to create change.  Don't let it stop with this one campaign.  Find something else that speaks to you.  Make your stand.  Use the tools that this fight has shown we have available to us - Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, email, texting, so on and so forth.

Need inspiration?  Try one of these, and pick your cause wisely.  Use your passion.  Use your voice.

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