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.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Historic Internet Blackout

Senators now against PIPA
A message from

Last week's Internet blackout was historic because of your activism and the millions of others who spoke out strongly against Internet censorship.1 Our voices were heard loud and clear through major media coverage of the blackout. 
What did we accomplish? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indefinitely postponed this coming Tuesday's vote on the Internet censorship bill in the Senate, the PROTECT IP Act.2
Ten million people spoke out online to reject Internet censorship and drowned out the lobbyists who thought they could get whatever bill they wanted passed only a few months ago.3  The blackout proved that the energy, enthusiasm, and influence of real people contacting Congress is stronger than anything lobbyist money can buy.
This week's Internet blackout was a success, but there's more work to do. As long as these Internet censorship bills are being considered, we'll keep fighting. Stay tuned.
Thanks for all you do.
Garlin, Eli, Ryan, Elena, and the rest of the team
1. "Sopa support drops off as blackout protest rattles the internet," The Guardian, January 18, 2012
2. "SOPA, PIPA votes to be delayed in House and Senate," The Washington Post, January 20, 2012
3. "Largest online protest in history—January 18," SOPA STRIKE, January 19, 2012
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