There’s been a mass of hype over the Mayan calendar and how the end of the world will happen in 2012.  The film industry benefited from it with the blockbuster movie “2012”.  Will it end with a cataclysm? Most likely not one that the rest of the occupants of planet earth would notice.  But for the connected human population the death of the Internet would leave a massive hole.

Can you imagine a world with no Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google, Wikipedia or YouTube?

That’s what many think SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) in the US could do. Two US Acts that if passed could close many legit sites, sites that people like you and I currently use to share our personal photographs and video and share information on what we’re up to. I’m all for protecting the work of artists and film studios, but the laws and controls need to make sense and not be vague.  Thankfully after yesterdays blackout by countless US sites many lawmakers are reported to be withdrawing their support for the bills.

Here’s Clay Shirky’s TED.com talk on “Why SOPA is a bad idea”.  Thanks to Max for the TED.com recommendation, a great site to watch!