Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge
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Imagine a World
Without Free Knowledge
For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet.
TODAY MANY LARGE WEBSITES SUCH AS REDDIT AND WIKIPEDIA ARE SHUT DOWN TO KEEP EVERYONE AWARE OF SOPA AND PIPA.
What are SOPA and PIPA? SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and PIPA is an acronym for the “Protect IP Act.” (“IP” stands for “intellectual property.”) In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet. Detailed information about these bills can be found in the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia, which are available during the blackout. GovTrack lets you follow both bills through the legislative process: SOPA on this page, and PIPA on this one. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the public interest in the digital realm, has summarized why these bills are simply unacceptable in a world that values an open, secure, and free Internet. What can I read to get more information? Try these links: As of 6AM PT, January 18, Google has more than 4,600 articles about the blackout. Here are a few:
- Why is Wikipedia staging a blackout and what is SOPA?, from the National Post
- Wikipedia joins blackout protest at US anti-piracy moves, from the British Broadcasting Corporation
- Wikipedia blackout over US anti-piracy bills and FEATURE: Websites blackout over ‘SOPA censorship’, from Al Jazeera
- Wikipedia, Craigslist, other sites go black in SOPA protest, from the Los Angeles Times
- Google Rallies Opposition to Murdoch-Backed Anti-Piracy Bill, from BusinessWeek
- SOPA protest: The Net strikes back, from Politico
- Wikipedia blackout a ‘gimmick’, MPAA boss claims, from the Guardian
- Wikipedia 24-hour blackout: a reader and Why we’re taking Wikipedia down for a day, from the New Statesman
- Internet-wide protests against SOPA/PIPA are kicking up a storm, by the Hindustan Times
- SOPA, PIPA: What you need to know, from CBS News
- Protest on Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills, from the New York Times
- Protesting SOPA: how to make your voice heard, from Ars Technica
- Why We’ve Censored Wired.com, from Wired
While filming Barbie, Margot Robbie sent Ryan Gosling a gift every day.
Margot Robbie would send Ryan Gosling gifts on set every day, according to Ryan Gosling, who recently opened up about what it was like to film with her on the set of Barbie.
Most-Awaited Barbie Movie!
If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past year or two, you might not be aware that Robbie and Gosling will co-star as none other than Barbie and Ken in the upcoming, eagerly awaited live-action film, Barbie.
As if having the opportunity to work with someone as amazing as Robbie weren’t a gift in and of itself, Gosling has claimed that he was given gifts every day while on the set of the movie.
In an interview with Vogue, Ryan Gosling described what it was like to work with the Australian actor and how he came up with his version of Ken.
Initially being humorous: “It would be very un-Ken of me to talk about Ken,” he later explained his process of finding the characterisation was aided by Robbie.
A Gift-giver, eh?
“She left a pink present with a pink bow, from Barbie to Ken, every day while we were filming. They were all beach-related. Like puka shells, or a sign that says ‘Pray for surf.’ Because Ken’s job is just beach,” Gosling went on.
“I’ve never quite figured out what that means. But I felt like she was trying to help Ken understand, through these gifts that she was giving.”
Robbie tried “animal work” to find her version of Barbie. She has used this method in earlier well-known films like Babylon and I Tonya, assuming the characteristics of an octopus and honey badger for Nellie and a pit bull and mustang for Tonya.
Unfortunately, the “animal work” didn’t do much to help Robbie adjust to her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, and pink-obsessed lead part in Barbie; yes, she attempted a flamingo, but regrettably it didn’t take flight.
Robbie decided to seek the advise of the film’s director Greta Gerwig, who forwarded her a podcast episode of This American Life “about a woman who doesn’t introspect.”
The Barbie Energy of Robbie
It didn’t take Robbie and Gerwig long to affirm that ‘Barbie energy’ is someone who is ‘impossibly gorgeous, but you don’t hate her for being that beautiful, because she’s so honestly sincere, and she’s so joyfully friendly, that it’s almost silly.
As if social media users didn’t already have enough to look forward to, Barbie lovers have flocked to Twitter to thank Robbie for giving Gosling a gift to help him find his Ken.
A user of Twitter said: “She’s slowly turning him gay,” which another user replied: “She’s a queen for that.”
A third commented: “This is what jared leto did except for normal people.”
“Finally a normal display of method acting,” another chimed in.
And a final resolved: “Already an iconic duo. Ugh their minds.”
On the other hand, Barbie movie fans can mark their calendars for the highly anticipated release date. The joyous occasion will bring magical storytelling, vibrant animation, and inspiring characters to theaters, leaving audiences captivated and entertained.
Miranda Cosgrove Responds to the Shocking Revelations Revealed by Jennette McCurdy on “iCarly”
If you’ve been following the iCarly reboot, you might be curious as to whether Jennette McCurdy will return to play Sam Puckett in Season 3 or at all. Sam and Carly won’t probably be reuniting on television any time soon, either.
In addition to earlier stating that she felt “embarrassed” and “unfulfilled” by the roles she played as a youngster, McCurdy is now expanding on her experience as a young actor in advance of the release of her new book, I’m Glad My Mom Died, on August 9.
The New York Times reports that McCurdy’s book talks about her time at Nickelodeon, which included a wardrobe fitting where she was photographed in a bikini, and claims that she was “encouraged to drink alcohol by an intimidating figure she simply calls the Creator.” Dan Schneider created both iCarly and Sam & Cat on the network.
“My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited,” McCurdy told the newspaper. “Saying it still causes my neurological system to react. There have been instances where people, despite having the greatest of intentions, may not have known what they were doing. In those instances, they were well aware of what they were doing.”
According to the book’s blurb, McCurdy had a “complicated relationship” with her controlling mother at this time, who passed away in 2013. This mother had complete control over McCurdy’s physical appearance and professional life.
However, McCurdy’s iCarly co-star Miranda Cosgrove was unaware of her difficult behind-the-scenes circumstances.
Cosgrove described her own experience on the show by saying, “When you’re young, you’re so in your own brain. You can’t imagine that people around you are having much harder struggles.”
Cosgrove also admitted that McCurdy’s humorous skills concealed the upsetting circumstance off-screen. She remarked, “You don’t expect comments like that from the person who’s in the room making everyone laugh.”
The iCarly star has typically remained silent up until this point regarding the facts of her former co-star’s trauma. McCurdy was contacted by Cosgrove as soon as she learned of a prospective rebirth in 2021, and Cosgrove said she respected her decision not to participate in the project.
“Anything that she wants to do with her life, I just want her to be happy,” she said. “I try to look back on all the weird, embarrassing things as just fun memories. It is what it is.”
The beloved Nickelodeon sitcom has been brought back with a new twist thanks to the iCarly revival, which has stirred enthusiasm among fans. Returning to the big screen, Carly, Sam, and Freddie enthrall viewers with their amusing chemistry and relatable stories.
The ingenious modernization of the program reflects the importance of social media and technology in the present environment. The relaunch provides a lovely mix of well-known humor and sentimental moments with the ideal balance of originality and nostalgia.
It creates an engaging and pleasurable experience for both devoted followers and newbies alike as it examines the difficulties of adulthood while preserving the charm of the original.
Phillip Schofield has Departed This Morning
Phillip Schofield, who spent more than 20 years working as a host on This Morning, has made the decision to step down from the ITV morning show after hosting his final segment on Thursday, May 18.
We Had a Good Run
For 20 years, Schofield and Holly Willoughby co-hosted the multi-award winning program.
He will now continue to host ITV’s high-profile programs, such as the upcoming British Soap Awards and a brand-new primetime drama.
With over 2,000 visitors per year stopping by the This Morning studio, the program is the most watched daytime program on a commercial channel.
Willoughby will continue to co-present on This Morning with other members of the This Morning crew. She will return to This Morning on Monday, June 5, after taking an early half-term break beginning on Monday, May 22.
Farewell, my Friend.
“I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story,” Schofield said.
“Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind. I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.
“So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month.”
Willoughby, who co-hosted the program with Schofield for the first time on September 14, 2009, said:
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Phil for all of his expertise, experience, and humor. It’s been over 13 amazing years presenting This Morning with Phil. Without him, the sofa won’t feel the same.
“Phillip is without a doubt one of the best broadcasters of his generation, and we thank him for his two decades of absolutely fantastic television on the This Morning sofa,” said Kevin Lygo, managing director of media and entertainment at ITV.
One of the best and most dedicated teams in television produces more than 12 hours of live television each week for “This Morning.”
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Phillip, starting with The British Soap Awards in June and a brand new peak time series to come.”
Philip Schofield is a renowned British television presenter, known for his charismatic on-screen presence and versatility. Born in 1962, he has had a successful career spanning over four decades.
Schofield gained popularity as the host of children’s TV programs like “Going Live!” and “The Broom Cupboard.” He later transitioned into mainstream television, where he hosted shows such as “This Morning” and “Dancing on Ice.”
Schofield’s warm and engaging personality has endeared him to millions of viewers, making him a beloved figure in the industry. He has also been open about his personal struggles, courageously coming out as gay in 2020, earning admiration for his honesty and bravery.