No, the banner across the top isn’t real, but what if it was, and it was happening to all of your favorite websites? Welcome to American Censorship Day.
Film critique has its roots in the love of a medium: film. What if it was illegal to mention a movie except to give it a glorifying review? What if even mentioning the name of a film was itself a crime unless you paid for the rights (you know, like saying “Super Bowl” or calling the NFL the “No Fun League”)?
The loose language in two congressional bills, SOPA and PIPA, makes it easy to block web sites for percieved infractions (and VERY hard and costly to prove otherwise), having the potential to destroy the Internet through determent of posting anything that anyone might lay claim to. Anyone can demand that your favorite website be blocked for a perceived infraction, guilty until proven innocent. Anyone who knows anything about the way search engines work also knows that a website taken offline for even a little while can do irrepairable damage that may have taken years to build.
While the White House claims they will not sign these bills into law, lawmakers are already “rethinking” another way to get these voted in.