The big blackout

The new SOPA and PIPA legislation in the US will mandate Internet search engines, ISPs, social networks and any website with a hyperlink to police all such links.  Any infringing website could be  shut down because of links to any type of pirated content. This legislation is being pushed by Hollywood and the recording industry, universally recognized (just like the oil and tobacco industries) for their ongoing contribution to human progress and innovation.

Many American internet entrepreneurs will, as a result, likely be outlawed. They will, however, still be able to carry handguns, which is a constitutional right. The founding fathers didn’t yet know about the internet, just as they hadn’t imagined the epidemic of violent crime aggravated by the proliferation of arms.

Today, many Internet icons are banding together to protest the SOPA/PIPA legislation, among them Wikipedia, Flickr, and WordPress. To raise awareness, they have organized a blackout. This is what the WordPress homepage looks like today.

Spooky, don’t you think ?

Image

Wikipedia will shut down for a day as well.

Rather than hammer down my own stance on the matter, which can easily be deduced, and which is further demonstrated in this TED talk by Clay Shirky, I’d suggest that this clever blackout tactic be used to generate awareness on other such matters of global concern.

Imagine a global 4hr blackout on all economic activity. No internet. No shopping. No shipping. No trading. No politics. No lawsuits. No warfare. Only emergency energy consumption. Four hours, distributed during daylight across the time zones, during which every human being on the planet would be invited to do something of lasting human value for him or herself, and for others.

A scary step towards global conscience. The final frontier for freedom.

Advertisements

About csprotte

An American in Paris. Founder and CEO of ParisSharing.com Previous career in organisational learning and development. Interests : ecology and green strategies, systems thinking, collective intelligence, cross-cultural communication, classical music, architecture and design, cuisine & wine,..
This entry was posted in Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development, The Systems Approach and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s