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The Morning GIF: Wednesday, January 18

A pretty convincing argument against the Stop Online Piracy Act told in the form of a hilarious and intentionally lo-fi animated GIF. 


Fernando Alfonso III


Posted on Jan 18, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 10:34 pm CDT

Here at the Daily Dot, we have an unofficial tradition of sharing GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you into the circle. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

While thousands of websites have gone dark today in protest against the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, GIF animators on Tumblr have been working hard in their honor.

Mr. Gif, The Oatmeal, and Very Wordy Drawings have created simple, yet powerful animations, with one simple message: Stop SOPA. The three animations have collected 3,400 notes combined.

Here’s the animation from The Oatmeal, which has since blacked out its entire blog in protest.

The gesture and the accompanying animation has turned The Oatmeal into a national trending topic on Twitter, mentioned more than 3,000 times in the last three hours, according to statistics from Topsy.

Robert Glaser (@mrreynolds) put it best: “The Oatmeal definitely has the best SOPA blackout page:” That message was retweeted more than 100 times.


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*First Published: Jan 18, 2012, 12:00 pm CST