Sunday, March 4, 2012

Onion Network's News on Facebook as CIA Front Is Taken Seriously in Japan

I know the Japanese are way too serious on certain things and way too casual on others (the worst nuclear accident in the history of Japan, for example), but I felt sorry when I saw tweets circulating rapidly in Japan about the Onion video from last year where "CIA Deputy Director" says the agency created Facebook, and it is saving the government millions of dollars.

They thought Onion News Network is real, like ABC, CBS, NBC, or BBC.

Well it is real, now I think about it. I can't tell the difference any more.



Anonymous said...

That often happens with the Onion, see for instance their story about yoga competitions, just recently confirmed by real life developments in NYT.

But here is another friendly story from Spiegel. This time, it's the lack of movement among "radiation refugees" which causes cancer, rather than radiation.,1518,812992,00.html

Three articles like this in one week make me want to puke. The way this is going -- British and US press are becoming a lot more reliable than the German sources. I wanted to exclaim, Sadly!, but than I realized that many more people read English than German.

At least a lot of the commentators are aware and pugnacious.

Atomfritz said...

It is like rumor breeding sites like saying ICQ/Mirabilis being a Mossad offspring, as both of them have their headquarters in almost immediate proximity in Herzliya, Israel.

However there might be some truth in this allegation.
Either ICQ and facebook have the potential of being excellent social network data mining institutions.
Much data that is difficult to gain can be collected easily and legally this way.

Both companies have very controversial privacy policies which allow them to permanently store and use any and all information their users expose using their services.
Such doesn't help quenching rumors about them being secret services' offsprings.

Aside of collecting information, another important task of secret services is disinformation.
Discrediting true information is also an important method of disinformation.
Everything being channeled through Rense or Onion is (usually correctly) regarded as baseless rumors.
This way true facts people should not believe can be easily discredited.

So, regarding Facebook and ICQ, I am really not sure what to think about them, too.

Chibaguy said...

My take on this (aside from the Japanese take re the Onion) is that the MSM has been discredited to such an extent that this is plausible. The fault is with the MSM. NHK is a prime example.

Anonymous said...

CIA or not, Facebook has still proven time and again that it doesn't give a shit about our privacy.

no6ody said...

Sometimes The Onion does report the truth. Here's a particularly good one, if a bit old: Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over' JANUARY 17, 2001,464/

Re: Phage book... It doesn't matter whether it originally was a way to make money or a way to gather information as long as the 'intelligence' agencies have access to the data. There is little reason to believe that there is much difference between corporations and the governments these days.

"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." P. J. O'Rourke

Anonymous said...

You do not need these theories to understand that these networks are intrinsically bad and do use private information for their own agenda.

So the comment posted by anonymous above makes much sense. The rest is commentary (*).


(*) Although commentary ought to be carefully studied -- as the (Jewish) origin of this phrase reveals. So THIS comment is not dismissive. Go and learn. Resist and organize.

Anonymous said...

Cutting dangerously close to the bone.

Today's favorite-,27253/

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

One of my favorite Onion piece is the fake coup d'état in the US to repudiate the government debt.

Darth3/11 said...

God knows there has been little enough "disaster humor" to come from 3/11. It's just too big of a disaster. One day, though...and it will probably be in the Onion. Not sure I am ready for it, yet...

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