• The Blackout

    We interrupt our regularly scheduled debauchery to talk about some scary shit.

    By now you have heard of SOPA and PIPA, two bills currently in Congress that threaten to destroy the internet as we know it.

    If you haven’t heard of SOPA and PIPA, please check out the links at textsfromlastnight.com/#stopsopa

    While the geriatric hearts of Congress may mean well (piracy = not awesome), the bill as written is like mixing Jäger with white wine. Now, imagine the hangover. They think it will stop piracy. The major networks and media companies assure them that it will. It won’t. Instead, this poorly written bill will relentlessly police users like you and publishers like us. It will erase sites like TFLN from search engines for even a small infraction. In fact, the cost for one infraction would be so significant that we could not afford to pay for our servers. What’s worse: if that happened, we couldn’t even go to Tumblr, WordPress or Blogger because they wouldn’t exist either. Same goes for sites like YouTube, Reddit, Wikipedia, Facebook and Twitter. Scary shit indeed.

    Today, we’re asking you to write, call, stalk, text, or visit your representative.

    If you don’t know who to call, we got you covered. Just head to: americancensorship.org


    See a list of reps here: house.gov/representatives

    But that’s not all. Today we need action. Tomorrow, we’re asking you to care:

    “The mainstream news media was not going to tell you about SOPA or PIPA. Many of your elected officials want to push through harmful legislation because their supporters demand it, and they know you’re unlikely to hold them accountable. It’s vitally important to stop SOPA or PIPA from passing, but what’s even more important is that you start paying attention and demand better from your government. Even if we stop SOPA, the larger problem continues.” – RWW

    • Submitted by Sarah on Jan 18, 12 at 3:41pm

      Read the bill yourself and decide. Don’t insult your own intelligence by not researching it yourself.

      • Submitted by BB on Jan 18, 12 at 4:33pm


        Absolutely agree. Besides, it’s not like you can look it up on Wikipedia today.

    • Submitted by KarenG on Jan 18, 12 at 5:42pm

      It is the ONLY thing on Wikipedia. And if you read more carefully, you can circumvent the blackout.

    • Submitted by Peter on Jan 18, 12 at 6:02pm

      Actually you can the SOPA entry on wikipedia isn’t blocked

    • Submitted by Jacob on Jan 18, 12 at 8:45pm

      I disagree that we should read it. We can’t read every dang bill that goes through congress. They are supposed to support the PEOPLE. It’s our job to DEMAND that our rights be in no way infringed, EVER! These bills will continue to crop up, let your senators know you oppose them because they infringe on your rights. They WANT to hear from you! Do you think these people like working for heartless corporations?

    • Submitted by Brandy Haze on Jan 18, 12 at 8:52pm

      What happened to the LJ days where we felt free and uninhibited to express our innermost feelings? Tomorrow, we may not even have that right.

    • Submitted by VB on Jan 18, 12 at 11:03pm

      I don’t want to have to circumvent ANY kind of block that shouldn’t be there in the first place. These people pushing this need to police themselves instead of having Congress do it for them. And I will make sure I tell my Representative that I will vote for him/her will be based on how they vote for this bill.

    • Submitted by horn on Jan 18, 12 at 11:37pm

      Most of the problems tfln and other sites have been hyperventilating about for a while were fixed weeks ago. As others have noted, virtually no one who parrots this nonsense has read the latest bill.

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