The Internet blackout to protest for SOPA and PIPA changed our lives

SOPA and PIPA Protests
 
Technology has changed our lives completely. This is particularly evident now the world is following with a various range of feelings the decisions of the American Congress about the SOPA and PIPA bills. Those acronyms, as you probably know, stands for Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), and have been subject to objections and discussions since the first proposal in October.
 
The main one is that it stops free knowledge, because the Internet is the only resource available almost to everyone (given that you live in a developed zone with computers) where everyone can say what they want. With all that it comes with it: inaccuracies, lack of proper control over the contents (not censorship, but prevention of lies about facts and slanders against people) and whatever. There’s the good and there’s the bad, it depends on the light under you watch it.
 
Our society is liberal, may you like it or not. And such bills represent to the eyes of many a step back of the freedom of everyone for the safeguard of the interests of a few. It is not my interest to investigate the political implications of SOPA and PIPA, and the protests: that’s what everyone does.
 
I want to point out to you a shade of the whole thing that occurs in my mind from different sources, and now it’s as loud as a battle cry.
 
The BBC shared the news that an advertising panel in New York City, precisely in Times Square, suggested what to do during the Internet blackout. Read a book, listen to music, watch a film.
 
I would have suggested a walk in Central Park, no matter the freezing temperatures they probably have across the pond, but it’s just me. I find it quite surprising, and shocking, that someone should be suggested what to do when the Internet is not working. It is like we have long forgotten life beyond the screens.
 
Personally, I have a symbiotic relationship with my BlackBerry, but it’s because I am a control freak. I don’t use phone applications to order my take-away food. Actually, I get it in person; I don’t even call. The Internet missing just makes me feel out of the world, which sometimes is good, and often annoying.
 
The news are reporting changes to the positions of various people concerning the bills, and I am not sure of what the situation will be once the article will be published.
 
Whatever it will be, this has been a threat to our most common habits, and it will have results, on the long run, independently from SOPA and PIPA passing or not. The Internet is our companion to various degrees. I have been thinking about it, and the vote has been postponed meanwhile. It is evident than for once the voice of the people have affected those who should represent them. Anyway, I still have stuck in mind this idea of how my life would change if SOPA and PIPA were effective as they were formulated. It looked like the end of the world of 2012 was, in fact, this.
 
All the voices raised for all the possible reasons suggest it would have not been only for me.