While I support the blackout, I can see how both sides believe that they are in the right – and both sides have their good and bad points. One other thing I know is that this mass media (and massive media) passive protest would honor the great Dr. King’s legacy. As I said yesterday, it is a significant week for it. I’ve read a number of articles online about how others are feeling about SOPA and PIPA and have found some of the lack of knowledge appalling. On the other hand, the reporters for the most part seem to have gotten some research completed.
I believe that what we have here mimics in some ways the past. When Dr. King was advocating peaceful change, both sides of the issue were vociferous and they both had a point. Now it’s up to us – the populace – to get educated and get involved just as millions did more than 50 years ago.
Teachers, this is a great tie-in to your lessons! Not just the information literacy part of the curriculum, (Some of the responses on Twitter and available on the web are just humiliating – and I think it’s worse since I feel like, as an educator and a trained librarian, I should be doing a better job helping these folks track down information.) but also the history part. Why not teach this lesson and tie it into the peaceful protests of Ghandi and King?
Not only that, this is a great opportunity for all educators, librarians, and any one who shares a love of knowledge to show what a united community can do…