Anarchy and Amazon Have Something in Common

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The 17th century Guy Fawkes-inspired mask has become the symbol of anarchist protesting, made widely recognizable in the states from the movie V for Vendetta. More recently it became the face of infamous hacker group, Anonymous. Unfortunately, sporting this mask isn’t just fruitful in its ubiquitous representation of anti-establishment solidarity, but it is actually a financial success for Time Warner, the company that owns the licensing to this mask. It is actually the top-selling mask on Amazon.com. So there’s an interesting financial funneling that has occurred.

“Indeed, with the help of Anonymous, the mask has become one of the most popular disguises and — in a small way — has added to the $28 billion in revenue Time Warner accumulated last year.”


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