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Who Can Say You Can’t Play?

Who Can Say You Can’t Play?

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I was using Wikipedia to look up an author, Vivian Paley.  Paley wrote the book, You Can’t Say You Can’t Play (Harvard University Press, 1992).  Her short book gives accounts of children and social relationships.  Paley weaves lessons about loneliness and rejections, which allows the reader to share the child’s view of the world.  Children are inventing and reinventing themselves as they play roles, turn ideas into actions, just as they are intended to do.  That is why they play the way they do.

Paley recorded conversations of children in her class to study later.  The scenarios she writes about are real.  For instance, she writes, “Equal participation is, of course, the cornerstone of most classrooms.  This notion usually involves everything except free play, which is generally considered a private matter.  Yet, in truth, free acceptance in play, partnerships, and teams is what matters most to any child.”

As I was reviewing Paley’s page on Wikipedia I noticed a message that states:

Please note:  In less than 11 hours, the English Wikipedia will be blacked out globally to protest SOPA and PIPA.

I wondered what that meant and clicked on the “to learn more” tab.  I learned that:

The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate — that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

It is the opinion of the English Wikipedia community that both of these bills, if passed, would be devastating to the free and open web.

And to support this, Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation wrote:

The reality is that we don’t think SOPA is going away, and PIPA is still quite active. Moreover, SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. All around the world, we’re seeing the development of legislation intended to fight online piracy, and regulate the Internet in other ways, that hurt online freedoms. Our concern extends beyond SOPA and PIPA: they are just part of the problem. We want the Internet to remain free and open, everywhere, for everyone.

I wonder, who can say you can’t play?

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