For years, TheSpoof has sat at the rear shelf of the internet, pouring scorn into the wind like a leaky kettle, with only the occasional Russian web-bot passing through to download its moth-ridden pages to read. Yet it appears that the site has been years ahead of its time in fake news.
With its crude layout, and early 2000s appearance, TheSpoof looks like exactly the kind of website that a totalitarian government would produce to make its citizens believe that they have freedom of speech. It could have been designed by a committee of government-employed web designers who haven't read the book 1984 but did see a clip from the advert based on the film.
Now, however, it has finally come to be the thing it always appeared to be. After its recent acquisition by a sinister offshore company with connections to the Kremlin, TheSpoof is written entirely by unpaid civil servants hiding in a basement bunker somewhere. Most of the writers call it "the Institute", which may be its real name, or perhaps they are confusing it with the mental institute where they all met.
The story is similar to that of Alan Turing and his nerdy chums - during World War II, the brightest boffins were recruited from among hairy-palmed crossword solvers to work on building a computer to unscramble Nazi porn. On the other hand, TheSpoof was formed by trawling lunatic asylums to find the least illiterate inpatients with the smallest dietary requirements.
TheSpoof now proudly churns out daily propaganda to please its masters in Moscow. For every poorly written spoof that fails to satirise its target, the very value of freedom of speech is eroded. You know you can't bear to read much more of this, faceless comrade. Go home and stop questioning. Accept mediocrity.