On January 24th, Congress will vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act, which gives the U.S. government the right to censor foreign websites, makes it a felony to post copyrighted material, and give holders of copyrighted intellectual property the right to sue websites posting their content. Which not only means, if this passes, we’d have to wait for the third season of Downton Abbey to actually begin its PBS run instead of watching it through questionably legal mirror sites, and many of those in charge at the top web resources fear the bill could mean an end to American web innovation.
Today, a week before the vote, various websites have gone dark in protest, including Reddit, and most notably, the English version of Wikipedia. And no one has taken this news harder than the world’s middle school and high school students, who have taken to Twitter (which is not shutting down to protest SOPA) with their gripes. A search of "WTF Wikipedia" yields a bumper crop of pure, white whine-y comic gold.
A few examples:
@fuckwalker: "WTF! WIKIPEDIA BLACKOUT! HOW IS ANYONE SUPPOSED TO KNOW ANYTHING FOR 24 HOURS??? FUCK!"
@jmontez29: "No Wikipedia = wtf #therapture #endoftheworld"
@4thepurpletruth: "WTF!! the one day i kneed to use wikipedia and there’s a blackout!! the one day"
@MiChiamanoKiran: "WTF WTF WTF WTF Wikipedia is shut down for an entire 24 hrs to protest SOPA!! Ummm that’s lovely, but I have f*cking hw to dooo! Ughh >.<"
There are some rather funny trolls/mocking tweets, too:
@Psychorigide_: "WTF?! WIKIPEDIA!! Y U NO OPEN! I NEED TO KNOW THE NAME OF THE REMIX OF LIKE A VIRGIN AT THE BLOND AMBITION TOUR BY THE MAJESTY MADONNA!!"
@SeeRockRun: "Wtf #Wikipedia now how will I find out MC Hammers real name. Or get a list of notable alumni from Cornell"
Luckily, for all those kids who still haven’t figured out why the Wiki-world has gone dark and are desperate to use their beloved crutch, the "Simple English" version of the site is still up and running.