SOPA, PIPA, and the Power of Community

If you were online at all yesterday, you know that a number of big-name websites were blacked out in order to protest proposed legislation named SOPA and PIPA.  These two Acts, if passed, could dramatically change the way the ‘Net works, to say the least, giving the government way too much power to take down whole websites without due process.  Well it’s the day after, and the effectiveness of the protest is already starting to become apparent.

According to Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, 162 million people saw the information about the two acts posted on Wikipedia.  Over 8 million of those people used Wikipedia’s zip code tool to contact their Representatives or Senators.  Millions of people signed various petitions against the proposed legislation.  And here’s the real kicker:  a number of Senators and Congresspeople have come out against these acts, a dozen of which previously supported it (the rest who came out against hadn’t publicly taken a stance).

There should be no question that the blackout was a success of massive proportions.

Here’s my question for you:  Continue reading

Top Ten Albums of 2011

Soon, we will get to the albums.  But first, the rules:

1.  The albums had to be released during the calendar year of 2011.

2.  The albums had to be full-length albums of new material.

3.  The albums couldn’t be live albums that consisted primarily of live versions of previously released material from the artist. Continue reading