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72 Missing, Feared Dead; Hundreds Injured

…as Wikipedia Explodes in China.

As of yet, no group has taken responsibility for this act. Authorities suspect that the nature of information itself contributed to the massiveness of the detonation.

“Information is deceptively stable under most circumstances,” said an unnamed official from the People’s Central Computing Authority, “but under certain conditions, it quickly moves beyond anyone’s ability to control.”

“When facts combine with rumor, opinion, and outright speculation, anything can happen, ” said another unofficial source. “This incident demonstrates the need for stricter controls on the public availability of certain kinds of information.”

A spokesperson for Stewart Brand, originator of the phrase “Information wants to be free”, was unable to provide us with a statement from Mr. Brand in time for the publication of this article.

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