Wikipedia SOPA/PIPA Blackout Tweets Reveal Humanity is Doomed

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/CraayZee/status/159702854666424321
http://twitter.com/MEEJIIAA/status/159829797562884097
Some got specific with their calls for redress.

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

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:

Blame went all around.

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

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

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

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

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

http://twitter.com/SratGirlStories/status/159534312851636224
http://twitter.com/DemiGangsta/status/159769951006240768

I need a drink.

2 comments

  1. 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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