Zeke Weeks

Web {Developer, Strategist, Native}

Wikipedia SOPA/PIPA Blackout Tweets Reveal Humanity is Doomed

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Watching the chaos unfold as an unwitting public awoke to many popular websites going on strike in protest of SOPA and PROTECT IP just made my day. Searching for tweets containing both the words “fuck” and “Wikipedia” was hilarious at first. I opened @whatthefuckwiki to curate the most hilarious results. But as the hours and hours of self-entitled teenage venting went on, my usually oh-so-optimistic faith in humanity started to wear thin.

What follows is an overview of the kind of reactions that sped through Twitter all day.

The initial shock was catastrophic:

http://twitter.com/Tucks_Winning/status/159561098276773888

http://twitter.com/JayohOWA/status/159521374317182977

http://twitter.com/JessicaByreiter/status/159779961576759298

http://twitter.com/mimi_1997/status/159507581277179906

http://twitter.com/cmykcolours/status/159521380067590144

http://twitter.com/CraayZee/status/159702854666424321

http://twitter.com/MEEJIIAA/status/159829797562884097

Some got specific with their calls for redress.

http://twitter.com/IceBrosKillZs/status/159516162667978754

http://twitter.com/TheREALmrPaTRoN/status/159515603563057152

http://twitter.com/GangstaBitchhh/status/159520252735143937

http://twitter.com/knittingninja00/status/159521775510749184

http://twitter.com/taylor_whitley/status/159845758974173185

http://twitter.com/LSE7ENZ/status/159529248703528961

http://twitter.com/SaveRussianJews/status/159786084153303041

High School students with tests and homework weren’t the only ones to complain, though. Professional journalists and other office-dwellers resigned themselves to their Wiki-free fates:

http://twitter.com/jessjodi/status/159518611046805504

http://twitter.com/MikeElk/status/159745981225779200

http://twitter.com/reesieboi/status/159800405910487041

http://twitter.com/nadinevoncohen/status/159810237577179136

Blame went all around.

Some didn’t care about the issues and just needed their Wikipedia fix:

http://twitter.com/daninoheart/status/159524141513445376

http://twitter.com/teebixtches/status/159760263707508737

Some became aware of the issue thanks to Wikipedia, and voiced their new opposition to SOPA & PIPA:

http://twitter.com/TomGetsFD/status/159516561479176192

http://twitter.com/502alcorn/status/159801286240374784

http://twitter.com/Pharaohs_Son/status/159559450947104768

http://twitter.com/Hayden_Bouren/status/159604908826443776

http://twitter.com/ManiStaySmileyy/status/159740895921586176

Many thought the government actually blocked Wikipedia, or came up with other ideas out of thin air:

http://twitter.com/angie_single/status/159749977902551040

http://twitter.com/JordanHURose/status/159763670790963200

http://twitter.com/DREW_S95/status/159774160053207040

http://twitter.com/Ze0nite/status/159827571633172481

http://twitter.com/MikeNRoush/status/159828279505862656

http://twitter.com/FlyQtheAnchor/status/159861843844800512

But, more than anything, this blackout shows just how lazy and unafraid of blatant plagiarism (or even cheating) many students are.

http://twitter.com/Diisasterrr/status/159814928499351552

http://twitter.com/DJbluemonkeh/status/159736490010742786

http://twitter.com/Dale_Dino_Byrne/status/159739552792199168

http://twitter.com/ScouserFTM/status/159746925304881153

http://twitter.com/ChrisMasih/status/159513885764882434

http://twitter.com/SratGirlStories/status/159534312851636224

http://twitter.com/DemiGangsta/status/159769951006240768

http://twitter.com/hellobrisvegas/status/159549099429998593

I need a drink.

2 thoughts on “Wikipedia SOPA/PIPA Blackout Tweets Reveal Humanity is Doomed

  1. Tristan Kromer

    Were we really expecting something else?

    In fairness, while helping to rally interest in the SF street protests I spoke to dozens of people who were not aware of SOPA, didn’t understand what was happening, and were very supportive of the strike and the protests. Even some publishers!

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