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We rely on websites and social media for research, inspiration, and networking. So when the thing that makes those things is eliminated, writers and thinkers are literally set back 50 years.
It’s what happened yesterday, when a ton of sites went down in protest of SOPA and PIPA, two bills meant to curb piracy but could lead to dangerous censorship on the internet writ large. Boing Boing and Reddit were down so I couldn’t read up on the latest happenings. The Wikipedia outage set my IQ back about 100 points (and hilariously I couldn’t do research on SOPA to talk more intelligently about it). WIRED was even self-censoring. The saying goes that if the internet went down, people would be more productive, but I disagree. If the net was censored, the quality and quantity of work people could do would drastically fall.
You’ll notice this post has no links. Just imagine that: a world without connections.