Everything You Need to Know about SOPA in Less than Five Minutes.

Via Andrea Balt
on Jan 18, 2012
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Most things have to be seen to be believed and explained to be understood.

@ Ian Tai


The Online Diaries

January 18, 2012

Censorship reflects society’s lack of confidence in itself.  It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime. 

        ~Potter Stewart

Today, freedom of expression is on strike. Giants like Google and Wikipedia are joining the blackout. Indie media like elephant journal is protesting by featuring the censorship logo. If you’re still not sure how this affects you or where you stand in the equation, I hope the following video helps put things in perspective.



What can you do?

@ Deadzones

Get informed. More elephant coverage here, here and here.

Join the blackout by going dark or adding a censorship logo to your website/blog.

Sign the petition here.

Replace your profile picture with the “censored” sign. Spread the word through social media. Speak your mind. Censor yourself as a sign of protest before the Government has a chance to. Make it viral.

Support indie media. We struggle to offer you meaning and stay free.

Share this or other articles related to the subject.


The freedom to communicate without censorship is about as democratic as it gets for us on a global scale. If they can take away our voice, they take everything.

Let’s not be silenced.

[Photo-1 Ian Tai; Photo-2: DeadZone]




About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.


9 Responses to “Everything You Need to Know about SOPA in Less than Five Minutes.”

  1. Sofiaj.Jacobsen says:

    I aspire to be a good person, christian, and all that may entail!! Help those who are not helping there selves and the young !!

  2. Harry Leslie says:

    I aspire to be non-religious and to fight against religiosity and I have achieved that.

  3. Julian Luckham says:

    Hey there – I'm totally in aggreeance with keeping the net free of censorship, and though SOPA/PIPA have good intent it is very poorly set up and should not be passed! That said, what is your position on on-line piracy? For example… stealing someones photograph without permission?

    This is where my photo is being used without permission… Even after being emailed about it. Feel free to leave a comment on the page about stealing photographs.

  4. Andréa Balt says:

    Great example of freedom of expression. 🙂

  5. Photo has been removed Julian! We dropped the ball there–no stealing intended. We do use Flickr Creative Commons a great deal (with attribution) and it appears someone used your all rights reserved photo in lieu of one of the free photos. Our apologies and yes–stealing photos is bad news and not something we tolerate at elephant journal.

  6. elephantjournal says:

    This is another case of use-photos-we-have…Julian, we're actually very tight about this in training our volunteers (we have barely any staff, pretty much just me). So huge apologies and obviously we try and only share info, photos etc where folks want that shared. If you'd like to email me personally, as Kate said image was instantly deleted but waylon at elephantjournal.com Thanks man.

  7. elephantjournal says:

    We responded to you on the other page…and emailed you. Big apologies. Photo was instantly deleted, of course no one wants to be stealing anything.

  8. […] House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) would both limit free enterprise and free speech on the Internet, harming online job creation at a […]

  9. Anthony Hall says:

    TREO is developing a semantics based communications applications and systems language. Using Acronyms to express the algorithms and program instruction set. Your WORDS become Code; your NAMES (first and last) an impenetrable and uncensorable shield.

    WORDS – What Our REAAL Dialogue Suggests
    NAMES – Neural Acronymics Modular Exercises: Summations
    REAAL – Revolve Education: Acronymic Algorithm and Language