All of History Culminates in This Boyz II Men-Inspired Song About Silk Road

Earlier this month, the FBI shut down Silk Road, a website for buying and selling illegal drugs, and arrested its alleged mastermind and founder, Ross Ulbricht. It alleges that, along with making over $80 million off the site, he tried to order the murder of one of its users. “Not long ago, I had a clean hit done for $80K,” Ulbricht, who went by the name Dread Pirate Roberts on the site, is reported to have complained.

Now, a former user has bid adieu to Silk Road, in a video which you can’t not watch:

This is dripping with 2013-ness. I don’t even know where to start. 

The creator’s drywalled room is adorned with a Japanese katana, a Chinese-style watercolor print, and maybe some IKEA furniture.

The singer’s wearing a mask meant to look like the face of a guy who tried to blow up the British Parliament in 1605. A similar mask was worn by a character in a 1980s comic series, V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore, which was then adapted into a 2005 film, also called V for Vendetta, and then the mask was adopted by the online hacker coven Anonymous. But now the mask just kind of stands for any anti-Establishment protest. It has appeared, for example, in the protests in Egypt.

And, of course, this hidden video creator is pantomiming to lyrics about an American-born drug marketplace named after a trading network which began in the 200s which linked East Asia and Europe.

Basically, what I’m saying is, History culminates in this video.

Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.


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