Yesterday, on Twitter, a fellow librarian suggested that we use the hashtag #theotherwikipedia during Wikipedia’s SOPA/PIPA blackout protest to increase awareness of library services. Someone on another social network suggested that doing this is opportunistic, and that we’d be better off supporting the protest.
While I can see the truth in that point of view, I think to do nothing would mean missing out on a huge opportunity.
@herpderpedia is retweeting the outraged tweets from the masses who have been inconvenienced by the blackout. Read through these and tell me again how we shouldn’t be taking advantage of this opportunity. Not only for the benefit of promoting ourselves, but we’re always going on about information literacy and improving that in our communities. These folks? They’re floating down a river of information in a leaky canoe.