If you tried to visit Wikipedia today, you probably were quite disappointed since you saw a page much like this:
Wikipedia, along with thousands of other sites, are protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) because these two bills pose some of the most egregious violations of property rights one could imagine. In essence, the federal government would gain the power to censor almost anything at a whim. People were offended when the Feds talked about an internet “kill switch” – Egypt-style – but this is like putting an individual kill switch on every web site hosted on a server in the United States. It is bone-chillingly draconian and utterly barbaric.
If you are unaware of this legislation, please take a few moments to learn more. Wikipedia has a special page dedicated to the protest.
Here is a useful video by one of my favorite YouTube channels that deals with online culture, KnowYourMeme.com.