Kat and Jimmy get a lovely op-ed in the Washington Post, about the online response to SOPA and PIPA, the role played by individual action and interest, and the growing importance of distributed individual creators as part of the modern media.
That is why Wikipedia played such a critical role: unlike all the other major sites that shut down. Wikipedia is not a company; Wikipedia, for this purpose, functioned as a mini-democracy within a democracy, where people who continuously volunteer for the public good came together to do something new for the public. Wikipedia represents a moral force that no commercial site can ever hope to replicate.
- Benkler, Seven Lessons from SOPA/PIPA...