As this story goes to post, Wikipedia is four hours from going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA. Wikipedia is certainly the most public and probably largest internet property to take the unprecedented step of shutting down their service to protest the impending legislation. Wikipedia follows other well known tech entities like Reddit, I CanHazCheeseburger Network, O’Reilly Media and WordPress.org in shutting down on Wednesday.
Wikipedia is planning on replacing their standard interface with information about SOPA and PIPA, protest links and phone numbers of U.S. Representatives and Senators. Other protesting sites will also be providing similar information on their homepages.
SOPA/PIPA reaches deeply into the MCDM curriculum. We teach the content authoring skills that SOPA supporters are trying to protect. We teach the ethics and practices of free and unfettered internet access. MCDMers are at the vanguard in strategizing to content monetization. Its hard for many of us to take a confident definitive stance on SOPA because the legislation is like a house of mirrors when it comes to what we do here at the MCDM.
In the spirit of innovation and debate, we at the Flip ask you to weigh in on the issues. Do you support SOPA/PIPA? Are you vehemently against SOPA/PIPA? Are you confused by SOPA/PIPA? We want to here from you. Let us know what you think about these pressing issues. Please comment below.