Is it really censorship?

Topping the headlines this week not only in the local newspaper, but also on just about every website on the net is a lot of hoopla about this thing called “SOPA.” Admittedly, I was extremely uninterested about it because I simply didn’t know what it was about. I just recently learned the significance of SOPA and PIPA and thought it would be a suitable topic for the school blog.

We all use the web on pretty much a daily basis. The internet itself is something that we all take for granted, as it’s something that has always been accessible with the click of a mouse — literally.

SOPA and PIPA are two bills that Congress is going to be reviewing this week. SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA is the Protect IP Act. The point of these two bills is basically blocking sites that are potentially related to piracy. Search engines would be forced to omit hundreds of thousands of sites just because of a potential piracy issue! Today I have noticed a lot of websites protesting SOPA by either completely shutting their site down for awhile as a protest, or by just putting a SOPA related article front and center.

It really is a big deal. If either of these bills gets passed it will change the internet for the worse. Not only would it block innocent sites, it would also do NOTHING to stop the sites guilty of what the bill is trying to abolish. Either of these bills being passed would not only ruin your surfing experience, but it would also put people out of work. Lot’s of work. As if our economy wasn’t bad enough, if SOPA or PIPA were to be passed, sites like Google, Yahoo, Reddit, Youtube, and even Facebook (Yes, Facebook!) could be shut down if JUST 1 unsubstantiated copyright complaint. Not only will the sites have to be very careful about what is put on their page (really, how can Facebook monitor who puts what on their profile?) but investors across the globe would stop investing into those sites just because of the potential risk.

This is just a small amount of information on SOPA, and PIPA. If you would like to know more about either of these two bills, feel free to check out this website:

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The Career Resource Center

Ok, so I’ve been slacking off this ┬áblog. To be honest, I haven’t had much to write about. It’s hot outside, and I’m pretty sure my brain has been cooked by the heat. Anyway, today I’ll be giving a quick overview of the Career Resource Center.

1. Where can I find it?
It is room 207, and it’s located on the second floor of building one.

2. What is it for?
Anything career or job related. If you’re looking for a job, they can help you find one. If you’re looking for students that can work for you, they’ll put out the word. They can also help you research careers, which can help you pick the right one.

3. What kinds of jobs can they find for me?
Off-campus and on-campus jobs are offered. Student assistants are a necessity to SCF, so they are constantly looking for new workers. Also, external companies often are looking for student employees, and they will let the CRC know what jobs they are offering.

4. If I want a job that relates to my major, can they help me find one?
Of course! They can help you find paid internships or jobs that relate to your career.

5. What if they can’t find a job that suits me?
Then they will probably refer you to the College Central website. College Central is a site that helps students find jobs based on their experience and needs. You can upload your resume and send it to recruiters that are seeking job candidates. It’s a great resource to have.

All in all, if you’re in need of a job or in need of employees, the Career Resource Center is the place to go. I hope you all are having a great summer!