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Information Warfare: Opinion-Spam August 17, 2008

Posted by olvidadorio in Advertising, Humans.
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This is the first time I’ve seen something like this; I received a spam-email (in German) that didn’t want to sell anything, it wanted to shape my opinion:

Ein kleines Mädchen spricht die Wahrheit über georgische Angriffe:
(YouTube manipuliert den Aufrufzähler und lässt dieses Video nicht populär werden)

2000 Tote innerhalb von 2 Tagen durch georgischen Angriff – RIP
Für alle Kinder, Frauen, Männer die durch georgische Angriffe umgekommen sind starten wir diese Aktion.

Wir sind gegen Propaganda in deutschen Medien!
Wir sind keine Medien-Marionetten.
Wir wollten die WAHRHEIT! Wir sind das Volk!

Verbreite diese Nachricht wie ein Lauffeuer! (Emails, Blogs, Foren, ICQ)
Zusammen sind wir stark.

English summary: “A small girl speaks the truth about the Georgian invasion; Atrocities by Georgian military. We are against propaganda in German media. Spread this news like wildfire!”

I guess that someone who’s strongly interested in promoting the Russian government’s views just bought a list of email-addresses off some spam-base. The fun thing is that I personally actually don’t need to be convinced to view the Georgian version rather critically. Incidents such as these however do underline the creepyness-factor of the Putin-controlled aparatus.

Has anyone had experience with this? Maybe it’s connected to this Botnet-buildup?

Propaganda party.


Cheating May 26, 2008

Posted by olvidadorio in Advertising, Economics, Humans, Money.
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A subject close to my heart.

I recently watched two boys fooling around in the water while relaxing at our near-by swimming-pool’s jacuzzi area. The two of them were playing this age-old game of who can stay under water for a longer period of time. Now, one of the boys had good (naive) lungs, the other was a smart cheaty little bastard. Guess who won…


Trading, Testosterone, Ads, Attention, Turmoil & Wasted Money = Opportunity (!) April 21, 2008

Posted by olvidadorio in Advertising, Economics.
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The New York Times carries an article in its business-section about a study concluding that steroid hormonal levels (such as testosterone) significantly influence stock traders behavior – as well as their successfulness. The conclusion concerning measures to (hormonally) guard off sudden market upheavals was to have more women and older men playing the stocks!

On another note, the article talks about wasted advertisement money. Seemingly unimpeded by economic drought, marketers are investing in online ads that often times aren’t even seen because of their placement.

Nevertheless, it is to be expected that at some point advertisers will have to deal with the economic crisis as well. Though this might also have some sort of cleansing effect; ineffective advertising might run into problems, while viable methods of online marketing will set themselves through.

Even more than that, lots of startup business models that are harping on internet advertisement might be in for a career-changing surprise; Quite a few sites that became really popular recently (youtube, myspace, facebook, here in Germany studivz.net etc.) are having trouble making money for themselves or their new owners. And these are only the big ones. Lots of smaller businesses might see their already thin blanket of venture capital pulled from underneath their feet.

This has two points of relevance to me: I’m planning on launching a new method of online-advertisement beginning next year. This not only makes me dependent on advertisement revenue, but also on investors willing to believe that there will be advertising revenue flowing through my channel.
I hope I have made the point clearly enough above, that if we manage to belong to those techniques that are actually perceived in a non-obtrusive manner, we’ll make it. And so we will. :-}