I’m not going to be blacking out my site today. I’m not doing so because I don’t believe that doing so will make any kind of difference. This is not just because I have a small audience (though that’s certainly part of it). I think that sites like Wikipedia blacking out is a commendable sacrifice on their part but, ultimately, I don’t think it does anything either.
The reason for this is that I don’t believe the people with decision-making power care that this is happening, if they even notice at all. I understand that people want to do something about SOPA, but I’m not sure that blacking out your site is actually going to affect change, no matter how big your site is. And I’m certainly sure that changing your Facebook or Twitter avatar will not affect change.
So what am I doing? I’m going to voice my opinion. I won’t black out this site, but this will be the only post going up today. The point of this post is simple: SOPA is wrong. It’s an enormous overreaction to something that it doesn’t even have a prayer of stopping, and it’s likely that it’ll cause more problems than it fixes. If you’re so inclined, I’d encourage you to contact a representative of government and share your opinion with them.