Oh Hey, It’s SOPA/PIPA Protest Day

on Wednesday, Jan. 18th

If you been hiding under a rock — and not reading our weekly tech column — you might not know what SOPA and PIPA are.

And now you’re all confused as to why Wikipedia is shut down for the day, confounding students and lazy researchers alike as they try and put their reports and essays together.

You won’t find too much sympathy here, but what you will find is a collection of links to some of the wackier hijinks taking place today as the Internet collectively shuts down and shows Congress and the MPAA who the boss really is. Or something like that.

Add your favorites in the comments below!

Censorship! Weeeeee!

Self-Censorship:

Wikipedia (this is the BIG one)
Boing Boing
Redditt

The Clueless:

Herpderpedia — a collection of Twitter outbursts by those who were caught blindsided by Wikipedia’s blackout.

Wait, I’m Confused, WHAT?

The Story Behind the SOPA Blackout | Mother Jones

The Twitter Clowns:

Some of us are using the hashtags #wikiblackout and #fact in tandem to get the point across. For instance, did you know that Los Angeles D.A. Perry Mason was elected governor in 1950 thanks to his successful prosecution of the Black Dahlia killer? It’s a #fact!

No Really, My Grade Depends On This Paper:

A tip to the desperate, which we found out about on Twitter: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/?useformat=mobile. You’re cheating! But that’s what desperate people do. It’s also proof that no matter what you do, information finds a way to be free.

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