Today, there was an FPP
that was a single viral marketing video. This is not the type of thing I want to see here. Are my views way out of line?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon to Etiquette/Policy at 12:52 PM (137 comments total)
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I hate viral marketing more than most people. I devote a good amount of energy to avoid seeing ads, and am partially successful. My feeling is that advertising is a terrible thing because it distorts the ideas that are shared, so people with more money get their opinions disproportionately represented. We can't stop this from happening without overthrowing capitalism, but we don't have to be working for the corporations for free, either.
I think that any advertising is something that communities must work to protect themselves from. Sometimes, there's ads that you can't get away from and that you can be pretty sure most people have seen. For these, the best way to protect the community might be to call them out and discuss and critique them. But viral marketing isn't like that. The best way to protect ourselves from viral marketing is to not share it. So I even feel that there's negative value in critiquing viral marketing, because that only increases its exposure.
Now, I have recently discovered that my views on this are considered "extreme" and that I shouldn't assume that other people hold them. Do other people hold them?