Michael Moore posted this blog and sent this email to his mailing list yesterday. I found it important enough to reprint here…
My websites MichaelMoore.com and Mike’s High School Newspaper will both be going dark for 24 hours starting at midnight tonight in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act now before Congress. I’m proud to join with Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing and thousands of websites in this action to raise awareness of this huge threat to an open internet.
I think we all knew that the powers-that-be would eventually try to kill the world wide web as we’ve come to know and love it. I’m sure it’s just an accident that these bills are being proposed after a year where uprisings around the world were literally started on the internet. This is a scary device to those in power and I’m sure they rue the day they allowed us to talk freely to each other. They weren’t thinking about the revolution that would cause — they just saw it as a way to sell more stuff. Oops. And now they want to rein it in.
Please take the time to learn about SOPA (and its twin Senate bill, PIPA) and then call AND faxAND email your Representative and Senators tomorrow. Let’s melt their phone lines and computers. We’ve got to use the internet while we still can to organize, fight back and stop this.
The good news is the Obama administration says it doesn’t support the bills in their current form (but he said that about the National Defense Authorization Act — and then went ahead and signed it after changes that still left its most dangerous provisions intact).
We can win this. But we’ve got to pour it on right now. I’ll see you on the other side tomorrow nightat midnight!
P.P.S. There’s a powerful film opening wide on Friday, ‘Extremely Loud and Incredible Close.’ It’s one of my favorite films of the year. Go see it if you’re in the mood for a deeply moving experience.