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World thrown into chaos as Wikipedia shuts down in protest of SOPA

A world without Wikipedia.

Widespread chaos and riots have erupted in cities across the globe as a result of Wikipedia shutting down for 24 hours to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) legislations in the United States.

Without access to such a large amount of information, many students have found it impossible to study for exams and, likewise, many bored people have found it impossible to find useless information just to pass the time. “Where else can I possibly read about the history of the United Nations?! It’s all over!”, one young man in Sydney shouted before jumping off the top of a burning building and landing in front of a rather distressed looking man who responded with “Does anybody know when DVDs were first introduced?”

While most people are panic-stricken and unable to function without Wikipedia, bookshop owners and librarians alike are viewing it as a chance to get people interested in books again. “Maybe this lack of Wikipedia will make people realise that their precious ‘Digital Information’ won’t be around forever, whereas our faithful friend the Physical Book will always be there for us”, one disproportionately passionate librarian and book enthusiast noted.

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy has slammed Wikipedia’s actions, labelling them as “irresponsible” and has stated that SOPA and PIPA are not only both good ideas, but should also be implemented in Australia along with the Clean Feed that he’s still holding on to as being a good idea.