Wikipedia went offline for a day and for some, it was a long 24 hours. While the validity of its information can be contested, web-browsers used to being spoon-fed information had to do without.
The Facebook generation was activated. Up until this point, the SOPA battle had been largely fought in the tech, media, and business pages but all that changed when Wikipedia went dark.
In an effort to protect the very freedom and openness at the core of the web’s architecture and success, millions of internet users asserted their influence on Washington, and effectively stopped Hollywood’s effort to address “piracy” the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).