You’ve likely noticed the Guy Fawkes mask has evolved into a global symbol of dissent, employed by everyone from shadowy computer hackers to Turkish airline workers. And although the masks are often used in anti-establishment demonstrations, one of the largest media corporations in the country gains the most from the masks’ rising popularity.
This whole article is interesting but the point I’m gonna emphasize is one I’ve made before several times but which never gets old: THE GUY FAWKES MASK IMAGE IS OWNED BY WARNER BROTHERS. If you buy one to protest massive corporations, you are paying a massive corporation. If you make one yourself to protest massive corporations, you are giving free advertising to a massive corporation. If you in any way associate one with your message, you are demonstrating that you are incapable of thinking of even subversion itself without doing so in terms of images and symbols literally owned by the powers you are attempting to subvert. That’s pretty depressing. It’s pretty stupid. Can protesters ditch this yet?