Volume 10, Issue 1
The Corporate Law Hackathon was held over the break, and some eager De Minimis writers were keen to inquire as to whether the occasion would involve widespread hacking of corporate law firms to release us all from the debt-shackles of global capitalism, a la Mr Robot. The answer was a firm no. It was indeed another occasion to ingratiate ourselves further with corporate law firms.
However neither this fact, nor the distinction between reality and the augmented Poké-verse was enough to stop an eager collective of law students.
Law Students for Pokemon Welfare, LSPW, staged a massive hack of Google's servers in order to, per their website, "liberate all Pokemon, big and small, from oppression at the hands of the human race (except Zubats, those little motherfuckers are pests)."
LSPW also held a candlelight vigil at Federation Square in honour of the fallen creatures. Speaking to a spokesperson, their motivation is that "Pokemon are unfairly baited, held in captivity, and forced to fight far more powerful beasts in the futile process of capturing Gyms - for god's sake, just accept that you will never take a Gym and let that Bulbasaur live in peace!"
Moving around the crowd, it was revealed that the ideologies behind the collective were mixed.
One attendee said, "I spent my month's data loading and reloading the game every time it froze. I even bought a portable charger. I never even got to play!"
Another said, "in the interests of equality, this game has to stop. On day three, when I first hit level 5, there was already a Gym run by an 1800 CP Gyarados. You need to catch 100 Magicarp to evolve one of those. One. Fucking. Hundred. I tried, and I lost my job, my girlfriend, I haven't showered all week I've just been lying on St Kilda Beach catching Magikarp and having my mates bring me food. When they stopped coming I knew something had to change."
A third vigil attendee said, "Look, I don't understand the animal rights angle on this, it seems rather silly. My gripe is that Google now has unfettered access to endless swaths of or confidential information without question because we're all hopelessly addicted to this stupid game. The neo-colonial, capitalist overtones of the 'gotta catch em all' mentality is sickening, quite frankly. That, and my app crashed when I was on the verge of catching a Blastoise. That was fucking bullshit."
Amani Green is a 3rd year JD student and level 11 on Pokemon Go
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