A Hoax Gone Terribly Right!

First of all, I apologize for my absence. I’ve been working on several entries, and none is ready to post. All of them deal with political issues, which is something I have yet to touch on this blog. There have been several reasons for this, but the main issue deals with the volatility of politics. I had very definite views during the Presidential election, however I noticed that political discussion tended to get people much more revved than usual. And too much revving is not a good thing, though moderate revving is important for positive public discourse. I had trouble keeping the revving in the moderate range… I’ve gone on with this metaphor so long that I’ve forgotten what I was talking about.

Regardless, I will allow this posting to be a primer for the upcoming political postings. Consider this a taste. An amuse bouche, if you will. And if you’re French I’m sure you will, because you know what that phrase means. If you’re not French, then just consider this entry to be the cheese-and-crackers plate before the buffet line starts.

I ran across a very interesting article HERE:

(http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/13/arts/television/13hoax.html?em),

And you can also read the AP article HERE:

(http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/11/13/politics/main4598895.shtml)

And HERE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/13/msnbc-retracts-story-sour_n_143517.html).

It regards a hoax perpetrated by, what appears to be, two film makers. The hoax itself is funny because it shows how two people can string along the mainstream and blog-based media for as long as a year, while continually being exposed along the way. It is a testament to the rapid pace at which new media changes, and the difficulty in fact-checking today.

The Martin Eisenstadt blog is found HERE:

http://www.eisenstadtgroup.com/

The Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy website is found HERE:

http://www.hardinginstitute.org/

Leave comments about what you think. The Calico Rebellion always appreciates feedback.

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  1. lisalessing

    Son-in-law – between this blog and the convo we had in St. Louis before the elections, I’m wondering if you should pursue Political Science in future studies. If only I were better at bantering . . . However, here is an article that I read which moved me. Though I did not vote for Obama, this article gave me a new perspective into the deeper meaning of his election: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/05/AR2008110503926.html?nav=emailpage

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