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August 6, 2006

Corporate/Conservative Infiltration of YouTube Videos

-- by Dave Johnson

A video that mocks Al Gore and people who believe that global warming is real has shown up on YouTube. When reporters tracked down who made the video they discovered that it came from a Republican Party-linked PR firm with ExxonMobil as a client. From ABC News: Al Gore YouTube Spoof Not So Amateurish,

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

... 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.

Here is the video. See how many forms of propaganda and psychological manipulation you can spot. For example, can you spot an appeal to the actions of similar others, which is when people see others following a behaviour they tend to follow that behavior themselves?

Posted by Dave Johnson at August 6, 2006 9:12 PM

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Sheesh! This would be an ideal example for a course in critical thinking and spotting propaganda, wouldn't it?

Seriously, this should be taught in the schools again. Public schools, high schools, and please, at least some college courses.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 4:18 AM

Here is the video.

Not on my late model Firefox, just a big hole in the page.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 10:56 AM

Perfect. As soon as I bitch about it, it appears. If only real life worked this way!

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 10:57 AM

Sitemeter is delaying page rendering SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much that it takes a couple of minutes for the vdieo to be painted. There's your problem.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 10:58 AM

You really, really, really have to chop at least 90% of the off-blog references. It is increasingly irritating to wait for them.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 11:00 AM

I agree with MJ, but this post is not really complete without this link:

Exxon Secrets
Or the money behind this one or this one.

You also published a PDF about what Exxon does with their money, but I could not find it.

Posted by: grannyinsanity [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 5:10 PM

The penguin is "Tux" the Linux mascot, and they used it improperly, i.e. without complying with the requirement to credit the creator.

Posted by: s9 [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 7, 2006 10:25 PM

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