Apple’s Airport Express has been called “revolutionary” for its ability to provide streaming iTunes music to any room in your house. But to the central American nation of Costaragua, the device has ignited long-simmering tensions, inciting not a technological revolution, but a political one.
As quantities of the device are already constrained due to its overwhelming popularity, only ten have been designated for delivery to Apple’s embattled Apple Store in downtown El Candara, the capital of Costaragua.
Fernando Tinajuero, leader of the small nation’s People’s Popular Front, a communist insurgency and Macintosh Users Group founded on the philosophies of Che Guevara and Steve Wozniak, was unequivocal in his opinion on who should get the nation’s Airport Express modules.
“Airport Express should be given to the farmers!,” Tinajuero cried through a bullhorn to a throng of PPF partisans, sitting in folding chairs at a local public libary with iBooks and PowerBooks on their laps.
“Without the sweat of the farmer, the stinking pigs in the cities would have no food to shove into their fat faces! And without our MUG, they wouldn’t know how to create AppleScripts or migrate HyperCard stacks to SuperCard!
“Viva Apple! Viva la revolution!
“Now, I think Rodrigo is going to show us how to install MySQL on OS X 10.3 and, uh, I believe Maria has brought a cake with the Apple logo on it… and… there’s some Hi-C… so… enjoy!”
According to Tinajuero, the PPF has been waiting for an issue to enflame the farmers and workers of Costaragua, and he believes the distribution of the Airport Express will be their spark.
“The original iPod was heavily constrained in Costaragua, but a lot of people had concerns about how you’d replace the battery, so that wasn’t quite enough to base a popular uprising on, you know? But this time…”
Ernesto Guayama de Rivera, a powerful land owner, Defense Minister, and brother to Costaragua’s president, ordered the army to step in to administer “an orderly” distribution of the Airport Express.
“We are in charge,” de Rivera said, displaying a Keynote slide on screen that said “We are in charge.”
“Our nation’s crucial supply of Apple products shall not be held hostage at the hands of murderous peasants!” he continued, showing the next slide that said “Our nation’s crucial supply of Apple products shall not be held hostage at the hands of murderous peasants!”
“Next slide, please!”
But local newspapers expressed concern that only members of the bourgeoisie would be allowed within the military cordon surrounding the El Candara Apple Store. Already there are rumors that six of the ten devices have disappeared en route to the store, but neither the PPF or the nation’s wealthy elite have admitted to having received any of the devices, legally or otherwise.
Former President Jimmy Carter and former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki have offered their services in mediating the Costaragua situation.