Blackout Apologies, The Fight, and the Future

I’m sorry. It was probably wrong of me to publish a new post which was Virtual Novel Writing Studio – Scrivener on the same day that I was planning to participate in the internet blackout to protest SOPA and PIPA. What can I say… I lost track of the details… I missed that this protest and the next blog post were scheduled for the same date.

Apologies aside, I’d like us all to reflect on the fact that freedom of speech, collage, and mashup are central to art, digital art, and cultural discourse. Art, whether it’s a movie, a song, or a book, is not merely a vehicle for collecting wealth, it is also a cultural artefact. That said artists need to make a living. Irrespective of the grey area in my non-expert opinion this proposed legislation has gone much too far. Here’s a great video –

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/31100268]

If you’d like to know what you can do to join the fight, click the black “Stop Censorship” ribbon in the top right corner of Exploring-Art.com. I am pleased to hear that the largest online protest in history has had some results. As always consider the fight far from over until the legislation is abandoned. Again I’m sorry for the outage but it was important to me.

I have lots of great things planned for Exploring-Art.com, which you will hear about in the near future so stay tuned!

Mac