01/18/2012 07:57 pm ET Updated Mar 19, 2012

Why The Wikipedia Blackout Is Good News For Art Lovers

I got really excited this morning. Looking up an artist online -- Rembrandt, if you want to know -- I noticed something different. As usual, the first item offered was his Wikipedia entry. But after a few seconds, the Rembrandt page dissolved into a darkened screen with a big W and an explanation I was too thrilled to read at that moment. Wikipedia offline? Wikipedia offline! A new dawn for humanity ...

Only after a couple of glasses of champagne did I look again and realise that Wikipedia is offline only for 24 hours, in protest against what it sees as assaults on digital freedom.