Beginnings. It’s what my brain is telling my fingers to shape this week. The series starts HERE with one of my all-time favorite pieces. Today’s piece is a work of fiction, though my fiction often contains more of myself than I am ever willing to reveal in my own voice. Thank you for visiting, for reading, and for sharing my words.
My Dear MTM:
Today is your birthday. Another beginning. I had a whole mushy letter prepared for you, one about beginnings. The inception of life. How your life gels with my life. That I can’t imagine life without you.
All those sentiments that mean something to you and me.
Instead, our inept, bought-and-paid-for leaders, otherwise known as the United States Congress, are forcing me to highjack your birthday to talk about censorship. Specifically, the censorship of the internet in America, an act that could form the basis for censorship of the internet everywhere. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate are censorship bills that would shut down the internet as we know it. Almost anything can be labeled ‘infringing content’ by a nebulous governing body, some of it content we likely share every day.
This is no longer a grass roots effort. Major sites like Google and Reddit are participating to some degree in today’s blackout. They understand that the rules and regulations proposed by SOPA and PIPA will have serious consequences for all users of the internet in the United States.
Use the form below to write your Congresspeople and demand that they oppose SOPA and PIPA. Let your voices be heard. After all, I shouldn’t have to censor my husband’s birthday post in protest of censorship in America.