January 18th, 2012, will be remembered as a political event, a day where technology companies and advocates took to the web to oppose SOPA and PIPA, two bills they feel would censor the internet.
But what will linger most in the mind from January 18th was the visual form these protests took, the shock of opening up a familiar, indispensable webpage and finding it quite literally blacked out. As much as today is a political event, it is a striking one in the history of web design as well.
Some of your favorite websites are censored today in some way, and others—like Wikipedia—aren't really working at all. It's a very high-profile protest against SOPA and PIPA, potential legislation that detractors say could break the Internet.