Google Blackout - Urging Users to Protest Government Sanctions on Proposed Piracy Laws

Today, January 18, a number of websites are “blacking out” visuals on their home pages as a way of protesting proposed anti-piracy legislation that will be voted on. Two prevalent complaints against the Internet is that it fosters non-thinking repetition(demonstrated by the numerous “mash-ups,” or manipulation of previously existing materials by those who did not create them) and a lack of genuine imagination and creativity (everything being a copy of a copy, never a unique original).

What do you think? Is the ability to alter and post just about anything online helping to obliterate creative or original thought and expression, or should we look at this as an opportunity to think of creativity in a non-tradition, unromantic way?

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