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Post The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
In the last few days the internet exploded. An extremely well made video came out, and it blasted across the internet. This video played on basic human emotions and beliefs. To not believe in the cause solely based on itself was to throw away all empathy and beliefs anyone held true. It capitalized on this in an almost MTV like designed video. There's a lot of problems with it though and just two days later typing in the first letter of the video gives it as the TOP response. I've even met the group leaders personally before I knew all this as they traveled the country telling everyone their story. But despite the problems inherent to it, despite that it's a quest for one man, despite that it's idealistic justice for a cause, despite that they happened to come across by coincidence not in place but in time, even despite the bad decisions they're implying or the uselessness of this project, despite all that it's just an example. Talking about the actual names would bring popular opinion to this site either on one side or the other. And I don't want that.

Less than a day after the video was released my(close to location) friends who very few go deeper than facebook and twitter. And only follow friends. Soon people I know from China knew it. Soon people who barely know english, or didn't check many sites knew about it. Suddenly celebrities knew it. Suddenly nearly everyone I knew had converted because of a half-hour video. Even my family knew. I was scared. I had seen the video and felt the power it had. If I weren't aware of the situation I might not have looked into it. But some of my friends did. I did. And I found the flaws. What they didn't tell you. But despite me being pretty influential on my friends, I'm no powerhouse. People listen to me, but really only if I post when they're looking. Of course then everyone talks about it, or thinks, but if they don't see it I can't do anything. Because of that I felt like one of the few people who knew, but were unable to say anything. And then suddenly it broke. Videos everywhere talking about how it was broken, how this was a lie, how there were faults. The facts weren't argued but the unsaid was, and so were the decisions and acts. But despite this, the world was unchanged, the impact still existing. The donations were in, the people already acting. It's unstoppable. Those videos are scattered this is a centerpiece. People will learn but slowly.

Really it's an example. So far this explosion only happens to humorous stuff. The rest disappears into the internet. Humor has become like music. There's a lot of good and some crap on top but beneath it there's so much more. And this happened to a non-profit charity group. Not one that tries to make a difference themselves, but one that tries to tell others to make one. And they succeeded, they just want to make that certain.

Because of that though something has changed. Not in us, but what's possible. It's been there but never exploited. But now the word is out. People know this power and can act on it. It's not just jokes or stories, but that you can control what people do. People WILL watch an entire half hour video uninterrupted. People WILL pay money and make both life and time consuming decisions. And that's on a mass scale not a few people. A video that doesn't lie. A video that uses these emotional and cultural strings. One that plays on what you know and think to make you decide on doing something. Sure they were trying to show the perspective of a kid(who knows a BASIC understanding) and a professional agreeing, to have impact and meaning. Sure THIS was in good intentions. But it shows how manipulation could be easy. It shows the power and impact that one video can have. If you were to create something in the same style, with the same basic core wrongs and rights propelling it, but for another cause, even something that doesn't help what it says it does. This group helps get the word out, but would another do the same? Something well designed could have purpose, but something not designed but with better intentions and cause has no effect. It shows how we can play to perception. And that's both amazing and scary. Someone could screw over millions with a single video or raise a country. Sure some companies have showed the power of the people before, but this is the first time it's been so strong. And in that we've created(or better found) both a genius saving grace, and a monstrous horror in this power.

If someone were to make a video of a cause such as this, but all the money would go to the maker for "Making it" rather than the cause, would be an easy way to do this. But that would be called into question as fraud easily. More questionably what if someone made a video showing all the problems in our society with none of the good parts. Something playing off the facts, that told people to go out and post signs or by uprooting their knowledge destroy things. What if someone brought out all the problems of a certain industry or government? You can argue that this video doesn't change views but instill of of them but it doesn't change the point or account for extensions. If something like that could be designed but for a worse intention or in a way that gets around problems to create something bad, things could become bad quick.

But we can't change it. It's out. This isn't conjecture(examples are) on what could happen but what has. And we're going to learn from it for better or worse. The world has been inspired to show this news. It's everywhere now, and it's not gonna stop. It won't help catch the man(unless military intervention turns into a bigger thing driven by this whole insane thing(PLEASE BE SMART OBAMA)). We're just wasting out time. The power is in what would happen if this could lead to actions that matter. Taking a bunch of small actions becoming something crazy.

We can only hope for one of two things. That what we learn in creating messages like this gets dulled from overuse before bad exploitation occurs. Or that Nothing bad will be created from it. People will learn. It uses music, emotion, words, voice, 3D, 2D, camera, tilt shift, 3Dlike2D with faked layers, interviews, home style videos, mass appeal. Really as a designer it's a majestic work in every point. Nothing short of an amazing design would have made 30minutes possible or even popular. In a world where everything fights for your attention this won. Big time. And that design, that style, that level and bar. It's something powerful. Something that really works everything just right(Not everything, there are flaws and distractions). Really it's the epitome of a combination of styles. Possibly there are other epitomes to reach in this type, but it's there. It even is being asked for purchase by Weinstein.

In the end, we must be careful. Even I was wowed and the only thing keeping me was ironically it's power to get people interested. This is the dawn of a new level, and there's things to come that I don't know. Exploitaions and lessons will be learned. The makers will party. The people will act. Social media hasn't lowered action as many think but created this possibility. To have knowledge shared nigh instantly. And from that actions occur. To create something as powerful to counteract it could be tough, and the time between making something and getting it out is like a planet to a person. For now we can only examine this and hope.

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
So... when do you stop being a douche and link it so I can entertain myself at all those flaws?

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
the flaws arent obvious, and i know of this video, to spread it, would, would prove the point

i got out of this video pretty quickly though

but as i read, being the mother fucking fh fanboy that i apparently am, i couldnt help thinking about advertising for fh using methods



is something wrong with me? am i TOO ingrained in fh?

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I'm trying i'm trying~ i'm making I'll try too slowly up my posting. At least once a day for a bit. Then I'll up that too twice, then four, then 8 and so on.

Until eventually I wake up one morning and find out that I am actually an Idiot hero.
On some quest too cheat on his gf or raise affection of 5 women who conveniently live in my the same dorm as me.
In which I only have 100 days to seduce them all.

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
Ok if people really want a link...

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Anyway, AFH is right they're a company that works to share a message and succeeded. The flaws are being pointed out recently but in the video they aren't apparent as I noted. I think it's for the same reason I grew suspicious. People are wary if they see the effect not the message.

But yeah, we can learn from it. Everyone will. really it's not one part but how it all fit together. Again from a design perspective this is amazing.

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
Joseph Kony is the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army, an extremist Christian terrorist organization operating in Africa (specifically Uganda) that is infamous for recruiting children and raping, pillaging, torturing, and murdering everything in their path (in accordance with Biblical scripture, of course). He's one of the world's top 10 most wanted criminals and has been in hiding since at least 2006. The recent "KONY 2012" is an awareness raising campaign by the charity Invisible Children, a somewhat-shady organization whose main goal appears to be to raise awareness about the LRA's recruitment of children. The KONY 2012 video was released a few days ago and instantly went viral without a shred of skepticism given to the charity behind it. I still haven't watched the video, but that's the gist of it.

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
Well that's the video itself. They're also not that shady, just self-believing in their efforts even though all they do is raise awareness.

Anyway the thread is about the power that can be harnessed from something like this. Both for good or bad.

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we could use it for forknet

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I'm trying i'm trying~ i'm making I'll try too slowly up my posting. At least once a day for a bit. Then I'll up that too twice, then four, then 8 and so on.

Until eventually I wake up one morning and find out that I am actually an Idiot hero.
On some quest too cheat on his gf or raise affection of 5 women who conveniently live in my the same dorm as me.
In which I only have 100 days to seduce them all.

Remon wrote:
Now we can dominate the porn industry, camera industry, AND the world!
YomToxic wrote:
YOU BETTER STAY ALIVE OR ELSE I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND RAPE YOU DEAD.

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
Only 33% of the donations going to the cause and his 100K$ annual "salary" are somewhat shady, but yeah this video is only an example.

People have been manipulated into frauds and scams a way or another since the dawn of time, this is just a new form of it an in the end nothing truly new happened.

What I DO agree to worry about is using Mass media and emotional flags to spread Mass misinformation and Mass Manipulation (in a non-monetary way). What I mean more specifically by this is people who get the popular opinion to lynch out target individuals over false claims, kind of like what happened with Micheal Jackson whose life got mostly ruined by pretty much that, mass lie and misinformation.

Amusingly enough, Mass Lies and propaganda aren't a new thing either, if you've got some time to spare I think you should look into this video here which is a much more "underground" type of investigation about one of the biggest lie of the entire humanity. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... 2325317179 This is 4 hours so be prepared.

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
No, this tells us how easy it is to manipulate the common public. They take everything at face value and don't bother researching anything. The worst part is, these idiots have the power to make a change.

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
Well as I said it's the power. Technically the video isn't misinforming you but not informing you enough. The only reason it's so criticized as of recently is how much power it developed. If someone could make a video THIS powerful with basic desires, and easily communicable goals suddenly the world would respond. It helps that it's existed 9 years and has connections but the really amazing thing is how when everything fits together it works this well. It shows if you have a solid ground to stand on, have something well designed, and release it, the world will listen. The big thing is how fast it spread not how effective it was. The affection was the second part. The spreading has never happened at this magnitude or speed. Anyway, really it shows how a finished product works.

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I think the irony of this picture will amuse you greatly.

http://images.4chan.org/mlp/src/1331700419050.png

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amused indeed

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I'm trying i'm trying~ i'm making I'll try too slowly up my posting. At least once a day for a bit. Then I'll up that too twice, then four, then 8 and so on.

Until eventually I wake up one morning and find out that I am actually an Idiot hero.
On some quest too cheat on his gf or raise affection of 5 women who conveniently live in my the same dorm as me.
In which I only have 100 days to seduce them all.

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YOU BETTER STAY ALIVE OR ELSE I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND RAPE YOU DEAD.

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Post Re: The serious threat of Mass Social media and that power
Sure it's mass power in a website. But it faded off, and though it had a definite impact not in the speed or power of this. It was more a speaking tool for large groups. This is a small group making a huge affect.

Mass power isn't new. Kickstarter had that Double Fine thing. 4Chan exists. Even rebellion has happened before. But this is a whole new way of doing it. Private intentions with huge consequences.

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