Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

End of the Internet

A message from Demand Progress:
It's do-or-die time:  The House Judiciary Committee will likely pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) THIS Thursday. Once the bill moves out of committee, the House can pass it at any time.
BUT, if we're able to kill it at this stage it'll probably never recover. 
That's why we need your help this week:  We want to make sure people understand what the Internet could be like if SOPA passes, so we're asking millions of people to protest censorship as part of our #CensorshipEverywhere campaign -- use our tool to censor parts of your own posts to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and anything and everything else.  
Here's an example of what a censored email would look like:

The most important thing this week is that EVERYONE join the protests in some way.  If all of us drive our audiences to make phonecalls, we're unstoppable. We need to jam Congress's inboxes and melt their phone lines if we're going to stop SOPA.  
SOPA threatens the livelihood of the best parts of the Internet, and the best companies that use the Internet.  More than 70 representatives from leading tech firms -- like Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, Kickstarter and Reddit -- and advocacy groups from across the political spectrum participated in a meeting to coordinate action against SOPA.  
It was an inspirational meeting, and we're all going all-in to kill this legislation.  We need to do everything we can to stop it in committee -- and everything we do this week sends a strong message to lawmakers: voters do not want this bill.
Join us and be a hero for Internet freedom and free speech.
We need you,  
- David, Holmes, Tiffiniy, other David, and the rest of the team.
PS: This is it.  Please help drive as much traffic as possible to Congress this week.  Use these buttons to enlist your friends to fight censorship -- or your post or tweet will be 'censored':
Facebook Tweet
See here for more information on this devastating bill:
This poorly conceived piece of legislation has been rushed through Congress without proper debate. Pro-censorship forces have spent over $90 million to get this bill passed. We have, well, social media to fight back.If you value Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or any website which invites your participation, please take a moment to contact your members of Congress:

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