Wikipedia, hate to admit it, is an important part of my work.
It's a helpful resource to point reporters in the direction of more reputable publications. The "additional links" at the bottom is always hugely helpful. Also, if I want to see who was the first wide receiver selected in the 1992 NFL draft, Wikipedia is my go-to guy.
But that's not possible today, thanks to a blackout in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Wikipedia has gone dark for 24 hours in protest. Instead of bringing you to the page you're looking for, it brings you to a dark page instructing you to put in your ZIP code. That'll bring up your federal representatives so you can contact them and speak out against SOPA, if you so choose. In my case, it's 13601, bringing up Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, a sponsor of the measure.
A spokesman for Mr. Owens, Sean Magers, told me that the office has indeed seen an uptick in calls on the legislation thanks to the blackout.
"Many of them want to see changes in the legislation, which Rep. Owens has been open to since the beginning," Mr. Magers said in an electronic message.
Abay.com, a local blog in Alexandria Bay, has come out against SOPA, too. They chastise Mr. Owens for being a co-sponsor of the bill.
Jefferson's Leaning Left, a blog dedicated almost entirely to wind power issues, is also now dedicated to seeing Mr. Owens defeated in November. Mr. Owens supports a subsidy that allows wind power to be developed, and the folks over at Jefferson's Leaning Left are
anti-wind power development against unfettered wind power development. So despite the name — Leaning Left — the folks at JLL are taking any chance they can get to boost Republican Matt Doheny and blast Mr. Owens, on everything from dollars to doughnuts.