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The creators of this meme called it 'one of the saddest days in history' when Internet users started creating viral memes to mock American legislation, rather than remaining light hearted.
Wikipedia may be down for the day (although there are ways to get around the blackout), but in order to spread the message, it is worth the inconvenience. For a bill that could strangle free speech, deter investment in digital business, and give too much power to a government, its a fair price if it can make any headway in changing the bill to a sensible option.
Memes may not be much of a political situation, but we could all use a laugh when faced with the battle of getting the bill firmly in its grave. At least, in its current form.
This Spongebob Square pants meme comments on how many comparisons one can make against bills like SOPA and PIPA, against China's famous Internet firewall.
Not only would the bill in its current form potentially destroy any website that had an interactive base -- such as a comment system, or any user-generated content, but it could also create a global 'blacklist' that would be controlled by the U.S. government.
The point of many Internet sensation memes is to make a mockery of a topic or idea.
This SOPA-inspired image pinpoints the potential hypocrisy of a government that in one breath denounces censorship, and then chooses to introduce it under a different guise.