If you have been following tech news lately or have two brain cells between your ears that allow you to read, you know that today is the SOPA Strike day where a number of websites are redirecting from their content to make a point to Congress that the SOPA and PIPA bills will damage the structure of the Internet. With mostly tech-centric sites and companies participating, it is arguably a lot of preaching to the choir. However, with sites like Wikipedia protesting as well, the general public is becoming aware of SOPA but they apparently can’t be bothered to read why SOPA and PIPA are bad for the Internet and bad for them.
To illustrate how so many people are failing to understand why Wikipedia has decided to redirect access to its English site, a Twitter account was born. @herpderpedia retweets all of the Twitter tweets from people that can’t wrap their brain around why Wikipedia is down. This results in them questioning the sky why they can’t access the site, cursing Wikipedia, cursing SOPA, cursing Congress, or wishing it the best with “RIP Wikipedia”. Despite site-wide banners explaining the outage in the days leading up to it, the number 5 most visited site being down is wreaking havoc on people’s lives who have come to depend on it daily.
For those of us in the know, it’s an entertaining madhouse of the plebians grasping for understanding of this one-day event.
To see it for yourself, visit Twitter.com/herpderpedia