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Wiki started it

February 6, 2012

A few weeks ago the online dictionary Wikipedia had a site black out to protest against new anti-piracy laws. A few other online organisations followed suit. Wiki claimed that the regulation would infringe on their right to write using the freedom of information rule.

For a lot of people copyright has had its day. Millions of users download music, movies and books every minute. The pirated material is not as good as the genuine article; however, the try before you buy concept means a lot of pirates will then purchase legitimate items thus helping to boost sales for the performers and authors. At the moment, there is a lull in the fighting.

This impasse was broken when a revolutionary decided to up the stakes. As always happens in these cases, it happened by accident. The urban guerrilla dropped his shaving mirror while trimming. A thousand shards littered the floor and the man’s face, half-shaved, was Che Guevaran. Hoping to ward off seven years bad luck he started a Facebook page taking the fight offline and into the real world. He encouraged pirates against copyright not to use mirrors. His band of brothers grew to epic proportions.

Before long the city was awash with ragged, stubbly men sporting shaving cuts and tufts of hair that the blade had missed. Hairstyles also went to the dogs with side-sheds as wonky as a school table and hair gel sticking the rug up in a simple meerkat fashion. With no mirrors there was no vanity. Civil war hadn’t broken out yet, yet there were tensions between the looking glass lookers and the don’t-need-a-mirror advocates.

Women soon joined in the struggle taking sides. Mascara and lipstick was cemented on giving a mosaic look to the faces. Asymmetrical eyebrows were all the rage. A new magazine called Plastered Women hit the newsstands. Mirror sales concaved emitting the illusion of a thin pole. The pirates were winning until the urban guerrilla decided to escalate the warfare and wreak more havoc on mankind.

The Facebook group page was updated with a new rule for the legion of followers. This attempt at expansion was sheer folly. It was written that all pirates against copyright should close their eyes causing total blackout when entering a toilet to um, do their toilet. This message made most of the gang see the light (and the mirror) and come back to reality. For the true believers keeping the faith, the bathrooms of darkness and waywardness were part of their fight and they sprayed with false abandon. For the non-believers, enter these cubicles with care.