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Trolling Metafilter

So far I’ve posted 4 things to Metafilter, each receiving different levels of response. By far the best thing that I linked to, a British band that writes songs about videogames, got the least amount of activity, but what cha gonna do? At least those three comments were all awesome.

It was my most recent post that got the most comments (96!) and favorites, though I put the least amount of thought into it. I probably shouldn’t have posted it at all, but I had just spent a sizable chunk of time making a a big linky post about A Life Well Wasted before figuring out that someone had already posted about it. I felt like if I couldn’t post about that I should post about something else. In other words, I got Metafilter blue-balls. So when a rather cool video showed up I rushed to post it before anyone else did. Here is the text of the post itself, since it’s so short I might as well put it up:

13,500 people singing Hey Jude in London’s Trafalgar Square. Thanks T-Mobile! (previously)

This is the second video that T-Mobile had made in this mold, the previous one bein posted to Metafilter without being deleted despite its Pepsi Blue-ity. Resonably cool and obviously within the guidelines? Time to post that shit up!

Now, despite the title of this post I didn’t put this up because I thought it would get a bunch of funny responses, though if I thought it would impress someone I totally could lie and said I did. It was a perfect storm really, no event could be designed to irritate the anti-commercial glands of so many MeFites any more than a bunch of people singing Hay Jude poorly for the benefit of a cell-phone company. Let’s watch the fireworks! (warning: I use the magic of editing to make everything sound worse than it actually is.)

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The description of the YouTube video calls this event spontaneous even though it very obviously was about as spontaneous as D-Day. I guess spontaneous sounds closer to the mood the advertisers were going for than meticulously planned. When I posted the link I deliberately used different wording to describe the event, and in any case it was pretty cool whether it was planned or not. Still, tapeguy took the suspicion of planning a bit too far.

The worst thing about this is all the ‘spontaneous’ shots of people ‘spontaneously’ wearing pink hats, waving pink scarves or holding pink umbrellas.

T-Mobile’s corporate colour is pink, as if you couldn’t guess. (#)

I watched the video after reading this, and to be honest if the idea was to have the audience look like a sea of pink they obviously failed. This comment brought to mind the lady who thought her daughters DS was saying Islam is the light more than anything really.

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Just because it is a lot of people, just because it is an iconic song, just because it’s an ad for a cell phone company, does not automatically make it good, interesting, amusing, heartwarming or worth 4 minutes of my time…. (#)

No editing done here, it actually was that bad. Thank you HuronBob for making me feel like a total asshole for about three minutes. :p

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It would be undyingly cool IF: * it were possible to get a crowd together to sing en masse without the participation of a global cellular provider * people would participate without the lure of possibly appearing on television * events such as these were to happen regularly, and not simply for the benefit of cameras. (#)

Hippybear is actually being kind of reasonable here…

hippybear, may i suggest to you [North Korean] mass games? (#)

Ha! The aloha just compared hippybear to communists, which is kind of like comparing him to Hitler, which is a beautiful thing. This is in jest, but still, lololololololololololololol.

Hippybear doesn’t really do himself any favors with the following statement.

hrm…. while I appreciate the artistry in the North Korean events, I’m not certain the system required to produce such results are any better than the prospect of a truly Global Cellular System. In fact, should that actually happen, we all may look to North Korea as a bastion of freedom in such a bleak landscape. (#)

Not really sure what he means there, but from what I gather he means to say that cell-phone companies are worse than Hitler.

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One of the ways that I accidently made this post a perfect troll attempt was by putting “Thanks T-Mobile!” in the original post. I mean, I had to mention somewhere in the post that it was an ad for a cell-phone company, and that little burst was simply the shortest way to do so. If there is one thing Twitter has taught me it is the importance of brevity. Of course, my over enthusiastic support of our cellular overlords probably didn’t endear me to the haters in the thread. For example, a reference to it shows up in the climax of this amusing tirade by criticalbill that would have gotten posted here no matter what I wanted to illustrate with it.

On Friday i saw an Evening Standard billboard with the headline “13,000 in mass karaoke party”. I thought, “imagine the wait to sing your song”
On saturday morning I got a text from T-mobile advertising their new advert. “watch it on ITV at 9pm this evening,” it said. “As if I’m going to plan my bank holiday weekend around a bleedin’ advert,” I thought to myself. And this is despite the fact that I am already a T-mobile customer, and I hate them, just not as much as Orange.
Anyway, so there I was at 9pm watching Britain’s Got Talent on ITV and on came this advert. Oh, I said, this is that ad. A bunch of people singing Hey Jude? What is this nonsense? This is rubbish.
So on Monday morning I come onto Metafilter and someone’s posted a link? People are saying how heart-warming it is. My hipster credentials are apparently bona fide. I am an incorrigible cynic for finding a corporate advert to be manipulative and unimaginative. Oooh look how happy those people look as they sing a song. That could never happen without the involvement of a someone trying to sell something. I mean that is capitalism isn’t it. Without people trying to inveigle us to appear in their adverts our lives are just empty, meaningless specks of despair. Thanks T-Mobile!!
Conclusion: Pepsi blue, with added get me a fucking break

On Friday i saw an Evening Standard billboard with the headline “13,000 in mass karaoke party”. I thought, “imagine the wait to sing your song.”

On saturday morning I got a text from T-mobile advertising their new advert. “watch it on ITV at 9pm this evening,” it said. “As if I’m going to plan my bank holiday weekend around a bleedin’ advert,” I thought to myself. And this is despite the fact that I am already a T-mobile customer, and I hate them, just not as much as Orange.

Anyway, so there I was at 9pm watching Britain’s Got Talent on ITV and on came this advert. Oh, I said, this is that ad. A bunch of people singing Hey Jude? What is this nonsense? This is rubbish.

So on Monday morning I come onto Metafilter and someone’s posted a link? People are saying how heart-warming it is. My hipster credentials are apparently bona fide. I am an incorrigible cynic for finding a corporate advert to be manipulative and unimaginative. Oooh look how happy those people look as they sing a song. That could never happen without the involvement of a someone trying to sell something. I mean that is capitalism isn’t it. Without people trying to inveigle us to appear in their adverts our lives are just empty, meaningless specks of despair. Thanks T-Mobile!!

Conclusion: Pepsi blue, with added get me a fucking break (#)

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So yea, I tried to write a reason for posting this up here but I couldn’t think of one other than SO THERE.

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