Tag: Kawaii Not
For those of you who have been paying attention, there is a list of useful links below. For those of you who haven’t, stay awhile and listen.
Actions being taken by the United State government will begin to fundamentally change the internet. Please read or watch the following to understand what is happening and if you want to take action about it.
[spoiler show=”For those of you who would like my words on the subject. Click here.”]The United States created the Internet. Despite fancy names like “World Wide Web” and “Global Communication System” and “Series of Tubes”, the internet is not managed by the world. It is managed by corporations on the united states and is subject, for the most part, to US Law. Even more so these days since a majority of the people connect to the internet via their local telecommunication company (phone, cable, satellite, etc).
That being said the internet has been pretty untamed for the last few years. Anybody could put or post up anything. Your information was only as secure as how well your protected it. It was effectively the digital wild west. Now, however, the internet is in so many homes, has become the focus of so much economic use (online shopping, movie and song streaming, video games, marketing) that this can’t last. Just like the trains that brought big business to the west, killing off the last place where your only real protection was the gun at your side, progress is going to try to tame the internet for the good of all, to the detriment of the few.
This is more or less inevitable. The new internet that will come into place will be highly regulated and likely more forcefully controlled by the big economic interests that want to use it to provide services to the world for money. When they do, innovation will become exceptionally difficult. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the like, will still exist, but their successors likely won’t appear. Blogs, chat rooms, social networks, bulletin boards/forums system, may or may not survive in this new internet. Words like “National Defense”, “Anti-Piracy”, “Copyright”, and others will be used to tightly regulate any site that tries to provide the public with ability to communicate and share.
Effectively the basis for the internet as we know it, sharing and communicating, will come to an end at the hands of capitalism and censorship.
The first steps for this have already begun. The United States government has two acts currently being discussed. The PROTECT IP act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Both have been getting a lot of news. As of right now, both look to be dying heavily under media massive campaigns set forth by various websites and organizations, despite the money being thrown at it by media and telecom corporations. The best example is today, February 18th, 2012, where websites all over the internet are “Blacking out” or putting up protest notices. You can read up more about what these acts do in the links below, but to summarize the acts allow and empower the US government to try to block or remove internet services (primarily websites) that infringe on copyright, without significant due process.
Now I am not a proponent of piracy. I make a living off of software development and I hope to some day make a living as an author. These are both areas that have notably high piracy rates, which concerns me. I would like to be compensated for my effort and work but I also feel that censoring the internet is not the answer. So for now, I protest.[/spoiler]
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- Wikipedia: SOPA
- Wikipedia: PIPA
- Blog.Reddit: A technical examination of SOPA and PROTECT IP
- TerribleMinds: Why SOPA and PIPA and other anti-piracy bullshit measures matter to writers
- TEDTalks: Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)
- (Wil Wheaton) WWdN: In Exile: Today the US Senate is considering legislation that would destroy the free and open Internet
- (The Bloggess) The Bloggess: Me and Vader, fighting together. Weird.
- Google.com (Protest Page)
- PATV: Season 3, Ep. 24a – Stand Together: The Gaming Community vs SOPA and PIPA
- Girls With Slingshots
- Abstruse Goose
- Kawaii Not
- Something Positive
- Dominic Deegan
And many, many more, including you, hopefully.
To understand this comic you need to have a passing knowledge of the video game American McGee’s Alice. Also knowing that the girl drinking the coffee was in a car accident earlier in the comic and has been having problems with seeing video game characters.
Definitely! I ever tell you about the time that the ride broke down while I was in the middle of that ride!?
Hmm… I usually find weird food combinations interesting. This… I do not.
This feels particularly appropriate after being sick for the last few weeks.
Happy Halloween everybody. I know some people rail against the commercialization of the holiday or how it is hardly even spooky but there is one thing that makes up for all of that: Candy!
But if there really isn’t enough horror in your Halloween this year, well I have some happy news for you:
I love the pumpkin on the right’s expression. Such joy!
Dedicated to my friend Uncle Screw over at Crazy Uncle Ivan’s
Dedicated to my favorite internet cat Maru!
Dedicated to all my female gamer friends, of whom are a little too numerous to link to.
Dedicated to my kitty, Zoe. Hi again!
Twofer because one needs the other to be hilarious. And each time I see the title of the second on I read Time Travel.
Heehee. Poor Gil.
Hmm. Excuse me while I go talk to my library card.
Because really I can’t resist posting a Blue Thing AKA Fluffmodeus. The fact that she has to feed him is… disturbing. Also… oh crap there’s more of them?
An old comic in honor of Portal 2 releasing recently. Also NPC comic’s premier here at The Singularity. You may need to read the preceeding comic to understand what is going on exactly.
Boxbot really is the worst. I know. It says so in his bio.
So this is also a first for this blog. The Intrepid Girlbot, which is a comic I highly suggest. The alt-tags on the images are always humorous and the main story is said without dialog yet still manages to convey a very interesting narrative. Boxbot is not a regular, so already you know the comic is good.
Unlike Sarah’s friends here, I have so far managed to have enough willpower not to make Iron Man references around my friend’s being all geeky over Game of Thrones.
It does seem perhaps a bit too objective…
The cat seems unimpressed as well.
Actually haven’t read Wasted Talent’s archive but this comic caught my attention from Felicia Day’s twitter feed and it very much amused me.
I say don’t wake her up and grab your phone and take pictures!
That served the hoop ride a tourniquet-wise by the cat.
Demo is the smart one! I love Jagerkin.
I KNEW there was a reason why I liked pickles so much!
Happy Valentines and/or Singles Awareness Day folks. Remember that human beings are social creatures so give out some free kindness today, yeah?
Hehe. It is not a lie.
I dunno. I found that exciting!