I've babbled about the rise of the wealthy and the corporate at great expense of the populous, a number of times. Well here it is again.
Today, myself and a few other folks who care about individual freedom are blacking out our websites in protest of some truly horrific stuff that our corporate overlords have in the pipeline, namely SOPA and PIPA.
(If this is new and/or confusing to you, there's another good article on slashdot.)
Watch the videos, read the commentary, and if you value anything about the internet as it exists today, voice your concern.
[edit: the following section is added years later, in November 2018.]
That last link is broken, but these battles continue. The laws and acronyms have new names but all the same terrible ideas are still buzzing around. Take a look here for some solid info on what's happening and what you can do about it:
I was on the fence about whether to add this link, since it has popup ads for VPN subscriptions (in addition to a section which also has affiliate links to sign up for such services) but there's real information to be found there, besmirched as it may be by commercialism. VPN's are not a bad concept, of course, and in practical terms they're almost necessary now; I just hate that capitalism is doing its best to both destroy the internet and sell it back to us.