That's because you won't be able to. Everyone's favorite Internet authority and the sixth-largest site in the world, Wikipedia, will be down for an entire 24 hours, starting Wednesday at midnight.
Breathe. It'll be OK. It's actually a good idea.
You see, Wikipedia is one of dozens of participating websites — including Reddit, WordPress and the I Can Has Cheezburger network — that will return an error when you access it at any point on Wednesday. A smattering of popular websites will band together in an online protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) on Jan. 18 — by going cyber silent.
Wikipedia is actually bringing the pain with this protest. And it might just cause a few folks to sit up and take notice.
SOPA and PIPA are bills in Congress designed to stop copyright infringements on movies and music online, but the major Internet companies say the bills would effectively turn them into the police, requiring them to block websites that allow digital file sharing for example, and kill the idea of an open Internet.
Sure, the Internet has seen all kinds of effective protests in the past. Who could ever forget when both Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian died on Twitter? That shot reverberated around the world.
And remember National Quit Facebook Day? What a difference they made indeed.
Yeah, we're talkin' bigger here, kids. More like the role the social web played in the Arab Spring, Wikipedia is actually bringing the pain with this protest. And it might just cause a few folks to sit up and take notice.