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Postby knapplc » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:11 pm

I'm no Algore fan, believe me. But if this articleis true, this really sucks:

Aug. 4, 2006 — A tiny little movie making fun of Al Gore, supposedly made by an amateur filmmaker, recently appeared on the popular Web site YouTube.com.

At first blush, the spoof seemed like a scrappy little homemade film poking fun at Gore and his anti-global warming crusade.

In the movie, Gore is seen boring an army of penguins with his lecture and blaming global warming for everything, including Lindsay Lohan's thinness.

But when the Wall Street Journal tried to find the guy who posted the film "Al Gore's Penguin Army" — listed on YouTube as a 29-year-old — they found the movie didn't come from an amateur working out of his basement.

The film actually came from a slick Republican public relations firm called DCI, which just happens to have oil giant Exxon as a client.

Exxon denies knowing anything about the film, and DCI says, "We do not disclose the names of our clients, nor do we discuss the work we do on behalf of our clients."


Distrust of Mainstream Media

Media ethicists say that if DCI is behind the spoof, they should fess up.

"Without the disclosure, it's really ethically questionable," said Diane Farsetta, a senior researcher at the Center for Media and Democracy.

Another question is why would this movie be done in a seemingly unprofessional way, to be shown alongside YouTube's mostly amateur videos, which feature lip-synching, odd performances and funny satires?

"They want it to look like this came from someone who really believes this, who is really critical of Al Gore and global warming," Farsetta said.

Ana Marie Cox, the Washington editor of Time.com, said Americans have come to distrust the mainstream media.

"They're more likely to believe something that comes straight from the horse's mouth," Cox said.

Public relations firms have long used computer technology to create bogus grassroots campaigns, which are called "Astroturf."

Now these firms are being hired to push illusions on the Internet to create the false impression of real people blogging, e-mailing and making films.

"People will become more savvy, and then the people who are making the fake videos will become more savvy about how to cover it up," Cox said.

So next time you're reading something on the Internet from a "real person" pushing a movie or defending an actor's alcohol-fueled rant — be wary. That real person might actually be a hired gun, selling you an idea through deception.


I have my concerns about Global Warming and I have my concerns about Algore. But let me tell you - I have even greater concerns about jackass Oil Conglomerates paying advertising companies to pretend to be amateur filmmakers spoofing someone who's calling attention to the harm they may be doing.

Dirty politics has been around since the Stone Age, but we still don't have to like it.

Here's the video
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Postby awwchrist » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:27 pm

<-- this is me not being shocked at all.

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Postby Goatwhacker » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:28 pm

I watched the video last week - all I can say is if the oil companies really paid for it they were ripped off, it was boring as hell.
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Postby moonhead » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:59 pm

eviscerate the proletariat
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Postby mysticphysh » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:03 pm

moonhead wrote:eviscerate the proletariat


"Disembowel the working class" for those of us with no advanced English knowledge :-D
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Postby onnestabe » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:13 pm

Dirty Republicans ;-7 }:-)
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Postby Nfl Fan » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:18 pm

onnestabe wrote:Dirty Republicans ;-7 }:-)


Hey...
At least we bathe regularly.

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Postby josebach » Thu Aug 10, 2006 5:23 pm

Was that video supposed to be funny?
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Postby knapplc » Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:11 pm

josebach wrote:Was that video supposed to be funny?

Apparently?

It's apparently supposed to appear like an amateur's spoof of Algore, so it's not exactly high comedy. If it's "dumb" on purpose (and it is dumb), it's pretty obvious to me that they pulled out all the stops to make it just as it is.

Imagine the scene in the conference room as they discussed this. The "think tank" of advertising execs in their chichi little clothes, their hair all bed-headed up, sipping their lattes, tweaking this thing until it's just so.

Really, it's pretty disgusting if you think about it. It's so premeditated.

I'm no pie-eyed naif who expects Big Business to always wear the White Hat, but come ON! This is too much.
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Aug 10, 2006 6:26 pm

Everybody knows how much I love Al Gore. I love that list of ways to stop Global Warning. I'll have to put those plans into action.
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