Why did the blog go dark? The strike against SOPA/PIPA

Hello, internet denizens!

Don’t worry. We’re still the Swift Agency, one guy who will still blog about Taylor Swift and the Agency, but once in a while there’s something that shakes up the internet and I feel compelled to participate. This is a movement against SOPA, a bill sent to the US Congress known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, a similar bill sent to the House of Representatives. It was shelved, but it could return in some form. The problem with the bill is not what it intends, but the power it gives mainstream media over the sites you can visit and over what you are allowed to do on the internet.

Yes, I am Canadian 🙂 But this site resides in the USA. I would be naive to think that this will not impact the internet in a global form.

A movement to strike in protest to this bill has gone viral. Some sites have taken the approach of a complete blackout (no service) on Wednesday, January 18. I’ve decided to not take down the whole site and instead go for the announcement, the ribbon you see at the top right and the symbolic darkened look. Here’s the official explanation from sopastrike.com:

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Watch on Vimeo

For more information on this movement, read sopastrike.com.