$Texas, Journalism, Me Myself and Ty

The price of activism

So the recent Anonymous-led Internet blackout of websites on April 22 was a mixed bag.

Not as many websites joined the movement as last year’s resistance to PIPPA/CISPA, but, at the same time, the Legislation did get knocked back a bit, so it could be considered a pseudo-success.

I took my website offline for 24 hours in support of the blackout by setting all of my posts to “Private” for the entirety of the day. When the day was over, I switched them all back to public, leading a few posts that were assignments from the class that originally inspired this blog to be published as public, as well.

I was contacted by a few of my more loyal followers (those of you subscribed on the email list) that the posts popped up as new posts. For this, I apologize.

Next time I take my site offline, I’ll find a better way and make sure to not inconvenience my subscribers (I love you all!)

For more on CISPA, and why I felt it warranted my attention, see below, but to make up for the errant emails (someone said they received eight overnight only to find no new posts) I have made public some posts that were originally password protected.

Please accept this as my apology, and thanks for continuing to follow Me, Myself and Ty!

The newly public posts are:
Braves New World
Fear and Loathing at the Daffodil Festival
Crime and Punishment Part I
Crime and Punishment Part II
Crime and Punishment Part III

Love,

Me, Myself and Ty

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Why did I take my site offline for the CISPA protest?
Because blogs that celebrates debauchery, trespassing, journalistic integrity and sex will be the first ones shut down once Big Brother takes over.

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Whether you are one of those people who think the government is too powerful or one of those people that think that corporations are too powerful, CISPA will make you correct.

It opens the door wide open for the sharing of our online information and would completely change the landscape of the Internet as we know it.

We’re talking about warrantless database searches by police:http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57580268-38/cispa-permits-police-to-do-warrantless-database-searches/

And, on a less savory note, it will affect the porn industry, leading porn stars to revolt hardcore against it as well. (https://twitter.com/TSVictoriaStarr#)

Think about that later tonight, guys.

Contacting representatives is important, but I simply challenge you to educate yourself on this issue. There are very few who stand to benefit from this this legislation (which, I may add, was essentially defeated last year thanks, mostly, to a grassroots push).

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More information here: https://www.eff.org/cybersecurity-bill-faq

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