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(Boston Herald)   Textbook retailer Chegg and Papa John's have online contest where school with most votes gets to host a live performance by Taylor Swift. /b/tards stuff ballot box with votes for Horace Mann School for the Deaf   (news.bostonherald.com ) divider line
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2012-08-31 12:47:43 AM  
"I don't think it's funny at all," principal Jeremiah Ford told the Track.

Oh, come on. You know you snerked a little.
 
2012-08-31 12:59:37 AM  
Amazing. Not as funny as hacking the epilepsy site and putting up all the flashing .gif's, but close.

/I'm a bad person sometimes
 
2012-08-31 08:24:44 AM  

freewill: "I don't think it's funny at all," principal Jeremiah Ford told the Track.

Oh, come on. You know you snerked a little.


Yes, yes he did. FTFA:

"If the school wins, it would be very cool," laughed the principal.
 
2012-08-31 08:24:52 AM  
LQTM

/Laugh quietly to myself
 
2012-08-31 08:29:19 AM  

Sid_6.7: Amazing. Not as funny as hacking the epilepsy site and putting up all the flashing .gif's, but close.

/I'm a bad person sometimes


Yeah, I have a window seat on the train to hell - I LOLed when I read this.

/+1 to the /b/tards
 
2012-08-31 08:29:21 AM  
Her next album can be about all the deaf guys that f*cked her over.
 
2012-08-31 08:30:44 AM  
TAYLOR DID NOTHING WRONG

\hungry for marblecake
 
2012-08-31 08:32:23 AM  
Best part is they specified /b/tards and said they were from 4chan. This means you will have an influx of people wondering what these /b/tards are all about. Some will surely go check it out. I just wish I could see their reactions when they do.
 
2012-08-31 08:41:38 AM  
Apparently the definition of the word "hackers" now extends to people voting in an online poll. According to the Boston Herald.

/the more you know
 
2012-08-31 08:42:22 AM  
I think that's hilarious. Just like the Mountain Dew thing, just like... well a lot of things they do. That place terrifies me sometimes, but when they get something right, man it's funny.
 
2012-08-31 08:43:12 AM  
Note to self: when buying cheap textbooks online, avoid Chegg from now on.
 
2012-08-31 08:47:17 AM  
Man, I really appreciate that the writer talking about an internet subculture actually had an idea of who they were talking about. No crazy "evil hackers," or super-geniuses, just "/b/tards." And even associated with the correct site! I'm just floored.

That said, when are marketeers going to rethink this whole bit? I mean just recently with the Pit-Bull thing, Mt Dew, and now this - you'd think they'd take a hard look at the social media marketing and recognize how far behind they are, and how likely it is to blow back on them.

As for the internet nerds, part of me cheers 'em on and part of my rolls my eyes. Look, when the internet was new and young and full of promise, it was supposed to be a great democratizer and give every user an equal voice. As time has gone on, we have seen more and more commercialization of the internet and less and less voice for "the little guy." So, these kinds of raids are awesome in making social statement about the internet and maybe rejecting the omnipresent commercialism and "taking back" a little of the real social space. At the same time, we all know that maybe a handful of the folks involved actually are thinking of the social and political dynamics, and the majority are mouth breathing "me too!" 12 year-olds who just want to be part of something silly.
 
2012-08-31 08:50:09 AM  
For certain definitions of 'amusing', I suppose.
 
2012-08-31 08:55:02 AM  
Eh. This falls under "This is why we can't have nice things."

It is kind of amusing that the marketing company got hosed. But it will be much harder to do a promotion like this again.
 
2012-08-31 08:55:46 AM  

Lord Soth: ...the majority are mouth breathing "me too!" 12 year-olds who just want to be part of something silly


And because of that, Fark is a thriving community.
 
2012-08-31 08:59:03 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Lord Soth: ...the majority are mouth breathing "me too!" 12 year-olds who just want to be part of something silly

And because of that, Fark is a thriving community.


Yep, just check the politics tab for evidence
 
2012-08-31 09:02:32 AM  
Apparently they also hacked a mountain dew contest to name their new beverage. I doubt they will allow "diabeetus."
 
2012-08-31 09:02:46 AM  

Lord Soth: Man, I really appreciate that the writer talking about an internet subculture actually had an idea of who they were talking about. No crazy "evil hackers," or super-geniuses, just "/b/tards." And even associated with the correct site! I'm just floored.

That said, when are marketeers going to rethink this whole bit? I mean just recently with the Pit-Bull thing, Mt Dew, and now this - you'd think they'd take a hard look at the social media marketing and recognize how far behind they are, and how likely it is to blow back on them.

As for the internet nerds, part of me cheers 'em on and part of my rolls my eyes. Look, when the internet was new and young and full of promise, it was supposed to be a great democratizer and give every user an equal voice. As time has gone on, we have seen more and more commercialization of the internet and less and less voice for "the little guy." So, these kinds of raids are awesome in making social statement about the internet and maybe rejecting the omnipresent commercialism and "taking back" a little of the real social space. At the same time, we all know that maybe a handful of the folks involved actually are thinking of the social and political dynamics, and the majority are mouth breathing "me too!" 12 year-olds who just want to be part of something silly.


What you are missing, however, is the publicity that the sponsors/contest receive when targeted. Well worth the cost of running the contest.

Would you or I even be aware of this Taylor Swift contest if it wasn't for the clever redirection by the /b/tards?
 
2012-08-31 09:05:02 AM  
Should had picked the deaf/blind school in Flint, Mi.
 
2012-08-31 09:08:57 AM  
I... am amused by this, and approve heartily.
 
2012-08-31 09:11:33 AM  
SmellsLikePoo:What you are missing, however, is the publicity that the sponsors/contest receive when targeted. Well worth the cost of running the contest.

Would you or I even be aware of this Taylor Swift contest if it wasn't for the clever redirection by the /b/tards?


You make a good point, assuming they manage it well; however, if they freak the f out, then they not only look incompetent (something I wouldn't want associated with my brand) they look naïve and that costs consumer confidence. Mismanagement can take you from "that nice company who donated $10k to the local school" to "those money grubbing bastards that hate deaf kids." I'd prefer to be in control of those decisions and vector as much of the impact as I can.

It'd be great if one of the folks associated with marketing here could offer some views.
 
2012-08-31 09:12:07 AM  
astarakki.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-08-31 09:12:15 AM  
This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.
 
2012-08-31 09:12:32 AM  
i.ytimg.com
Approves
 
2012-08-31 09:14:10 AM  
FTA "principal Jeremiah Ford told the Track. "I don't know what motivates (the hackers), but it's clearly backfired on them. I think it would be an opportunity to educate the world that deaf people can do anything including listening"

Remember this, deaf people can do ANYTHING.
 
2012-08-31 09:22:04 AM  

dready zim: FTA "principal Jeremiah Ford told the Track. "I don't know what motivates (the hackers), but it's clearly backfired on them. I think it would be an opportunity to educate the world that deaf people can do anything including listening"

Remember this, deaf people can do ANYTHING.


Well yeah, haven't you ever heard of Anne Frank?
 
2012-08-31 09:23:32 AM  

MadMonk: This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.


I'm trying hard to differentiate this event from a normal death metal band performance
 
2012-08-31 09:24:50 AM  
Take it in stride, Taylor Swift.

cdn.idolator.com
 
2012-08-31 09:25:06 AM  

Tachypnea: dready zim: FTA "principal Jeremiah Ford told the Track. "I don't know what motivates (the hackers), but it's clearly backfired on them. I think it would be an opportunity to educate the world that deaf people can do anything including listening"

Remember this, deaf people can do ANYTHING.

Well yeah, haven't you ever heard of Anne Frank?


That was Amelia Earhart you retard.
 
2012-08-31 09:27:50 AM  
bangsandabun.com

Kanye West: Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you...Imma let you finish. But Lexington School for the Deaf is one of the best deaf high schools of all time!
 
2012-08-31 09:28:47 AM  
"The 4chan "/b/tards," as they are known, pulled a similar Internet prank recently, stuffing the virtual ballot box to name a new Mountain Dew flavor "Diabeetus."

Now that is some funny shiat.
 
2012-08-31 09:30:34 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Tachypnea: dready zim: FTA "principal Jeremiah Ford told the Track. "I don't know what motivates (the hackers), but it's clearly backfired on them. I think it would be an opportunity to educate the world that deaf people can do anything including listening"

Remember this, deaf people can do ANYTHING.

Well yeah, haven't you ever heard of Anne Frank?

That was Amelia Earhart you retard.


No, Amelia Earhart was the one who swam the English Channel.

You're thinking of Marie Curie.
 
2012-08-31 09:37:22 AM  

Doc Daneeka: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Tachypnea: dready zim: FTA "principal Jeremiah Ford told the Track. "I don't know what motivates (the hackers), but it's clearly backfired on them. I think it would be an opportunity to educate the world that deaf people can do anything including listening"

Remember this, deaf people can do ANYTHING.

Well yeah, haven't you ever heard of Anne Frank?

That was Amelia Earhart you retard.

No, Amelia Earhart was the one who swam the English Channel.

You're thinking of Marie Curie.


I thought Curie sewed the first American flag?
 
2012-08-31 09:43:42 AM  

Sid_6.7: Doc Daneeka: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Tachypnea: dready zim: FTA "principal Jeremiah Ford told the Track. "I don't know what motivates (the hackers), but it's clearly backfired on them. I think it would be an opportunity to educate the world that deaf people can do anything including listening"

Remember this, deaf people can do ANYTHING.

Well yeah, haven't you ever heard of Anne Frank?

That was Amelia Earhart you retard.

No, Amelia Earhart was the one who swam the English Channel.

You're thinking of Marie Curie.

I thought Curie sewed the first American flag?


No, that was Dolly Madison. Marie Curie founded the Red Cross.
 
2012-08-31 09:46:58 AM  
Well, I think it's brilliant.

Surely the joke has nothing to do with the deaf kids, but more that Taylor Swift has to play to people who can't hear her. The school wins whatever happens, it's Taylor and who loses, and only Taylor. Genius.
 
2012-08-31 09:47:12 AM  

MadMonk: This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.


I would pay money to see that
 
2012-08-31 09:48:42 AM  

Impasse: TAYLOR DID NOTHING WRONG

\hungry for marblecake


also the game
 
2012-08-31 09:50:11 AM  

Doc Daneeka: Apparently the definition of the word "hackers" now extends to people voting in an online poll. According to the Boston Herald.

/the more you know


I'm registered in an online college course and our instructor asked us to make an introductory post in a forum with some information, including our "tech level." The majority of posts read the same: I don't know how to research, I do social media, I can find what I need on Google, therefore my skill level is about 7 out of 10. No doubt they'd call themselves hackers if they created an email filter.
 
2012-08-31 09:53:54 AM  

MadMonk: This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.


This needs to be put up on youtube
 
2012-08-31 09:56:53 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: MadMonk: This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.

I'm trying hard to differentiate this event from a normal death metal band performance


Smarter, cleaner, more sophisticated audience than usual.
 
2012-08-31 10:00:38 AM  

MadMonk: This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.


Immediately made me think of this.
 
2012-08-31 10:01:12 AM  
Nice school, Mann.
 
2012-08-31 10:06:25 AM  

PsyLord: Take it in stride, Taylor Swift.

[cdn.idolator.com image 239x320]


Pitbull played reddit like a fiddle on that one. He came out with a ton of PR and looking rather classy.

Free Radical: "The 4chan "/b/tards," as they are known, pulled a similar Internet prank recently, stuffing the virtual ballot box to name a new Mountain Dew flavor "Diabeetus."

Now that is some funny shiat.


It was actually "Hitler Did Nothing Wrong" in the lead by the time Mountain Dew got the plug pulled on the site I think. The site also allowed HTML tags, so there was a giant scrolling marquee congratulating the Mossad for killing for someone.
 
2012-08-31 10:08:23 AM  
Heh, I knew the guys that started chegg. Can you still rent textbooks? That was the best part.
 
2012-08-31 10:11:13 AM  
I hope the school wins the cash. It would be a worthy cause. As for Taylor Swift? She should donate some cash to them too. If your publicist can't make this work for you, fire them.
 
2012-08-31 10:19:46 AM  
At first, I thought the name of the school was the prank. Horace Mann? Hoarse man? From all the yelling at deaf people? No? Am I the only one?

(crickets)
 
2012-08-31 10:19:51 AM  

Periodic Disorder: MadMonk: This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.

This needs to be put up on youtube


Also, I don't think the /b/tards have realized they've set her up for a PR coup. Charity for the disabled is always a big winner, no matter how dumb it sounds. What media outlet won't want to run a "Taylor Swift plays free concert...for DEAF people!", playing up the "she's so nice!" angle?
 
2012-08-31 10:22:11 AM  

Periodic Disorder: MadMonk: This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.

This needs to be put up on youtube


Unfortunately I no longer have the tape, it happened in the 80's and it got over used...it was a great video for parties. You feel guilty at first laughing at a bunch of mental patients going nuts but then you realize they are having the time of their life and it actually lifts your spirits as you start laughing with genuine happiness for them. It started out as a cruel joke even for the band and the guy filming it and turned into a time of great joy, the people still standing at the end were hugging the band members and laughing hysterically.
 
2012-08-31 10:22:14 AM  

MightyPez: MadMonk: This is almost as epic as when my friends old death metal band Jawbreaker had to serve community service and a judge unfamiliar with their music ordered them to play at an institute for the severely mentally handicapped to fulfill their community service. The video was nothing short of amazing, the audience went berserk, it was like watching an African tribe dance. One guy clasped his hands around a pole, leaned back and swung around it very fast through the entire concert while others flailed their arms and legs and banged their heads in pure emotional bliss. The people in charge tried to shut it down after a couple of songs but the patients went full mutiny and the band was allowed to play on until the crowd finally wore themselves out.

I would pay money to see that


THIS! so much THIS.
 
2012-08-31 10:24:16 AM  

Honest Bender: LQTM

/Laugh quietly to myself


Precisely this.
 
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