London, England - That's right TheSpoof.com has gone the way of analog TV and pulled the plug, leaving its fans without their daily fix of satire, unless they had the foresight to take advantage of a government coupon to purchase a satire/joke converter box at a substantial discount and attached it to their computer, BlackBerry or iPhone.
The change comes just in time too as the likes of Perez Hilton attacks Miss California Carrie Prejean for voicing her politically incorrect position of same-sex marriage. And Sarah Palin attacks David Letterman for his joke about one of her daughters, which she is calling on women everywhere to denounce as inappropriate and claims encourages sexual assaults and batteries on underage girls.
"The time for satire/joke converter boxes is now," claims a satire writer for TheSpoof.Com. "If censorship of satire or jokes is allowed then free speech, the free press and democracy itself really doesn't stand a chance."
It is believed that once the satire/joke converter box is installed, people like Sarah Palin and Perez Hilton will read a satire or hear a joke and join in with the rest of the world and laugh.
However, like with the TV industry's transition from analog to digital, TheSpoof.com is not expected to be smooth sailing.
"No doubt dozens of satire fans will be surprised when they logon into the TheSpoof.Com this weekend expecting to find a piece of juicy satire on their favorite celebrity or politician, only to find the website has gone dark," said Mark Lowton, the administrator of TheSpoof.Com.
Mr. Lowton has undertaken painstaking efforts to prepare the website's regular readers for the digital transition by personally placing a phone call to all one dozen of them. Unfortunately because they all had dialup connections, their phone lines were busy.
"So I sent them all an e-mail explaining to them that they needed to buy a satire/joke converter box," said Mr. Lowton with some reservations. "But I don't think they will open the any of the e-mails I sent, because our readers tend to be on the paranoid side, so a phone call is the only real option I have to inform them of the switch to digital."
Moreover, what Mr. Lowton fears the most is that mostly all of his spoof writers are in much the same position as the subscribers in that they are no better prepared for the change themselves.
"I know they write like a bright lot, but that's only when they're behind a keyboard," explained Mr. Lowton as he attempted to call a subscriber only to get a busy signal again. "Once you get them away from their computer screens, why they are not much smarter than a farm animal and not nearly as productive either."
Mr. Lowton hopes, however, that after a few days satire fans will realize that the blank white screen and error page message is not an elaborate joke, but the real thing and they go buy a satire/joke converter box.
"I wish could be as hopeful for my writers," said Mr. Lowton as he spreads chicken feed to pigeons on the roof of his flat, while barefoot, wearing faded blue overalls and a straw hat. "I'm afraid once they logon and see the blank white page and error message they'll just keep trying to logon over and over again. Thinking I've made another upgrade and just forgot to tell them about it."