History Main / AstroTurf

12th Feb '16 5:57:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* A supposed amateur Website/YouTube video spoofing ''AnInconvenientTruth'' was found to have been sponsored by the DCI Group, which at the time did PR for General Motors and [=ExxonMobil=].
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* A supposed amateur Website/YouTube video spoofing ''AnInconvenientTruth'' ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth'' was found to have been sponsored by the DCI Group, which at the time did PR for General Motors and [=ExxonMobil=].
16th Jan '16 9:58:23 AM igordebraga
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* In an extreme case of PolishTheTurd, ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure
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* In an extreme case of PolishTheTurd, ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' had an appropriately low IMDb rating a critically thrashed BoxOfficeBomb. Then the ratings climbed up to a peak '''8.1\10''', [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520498/board/nest/219258527?p=1 suggesting lots of]], [[https://fi.getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/oogieloves_has_fake_voters planted votes to artificially propel the grade.]] It still has a 7.0, but the site seemingly noticed the fakery - [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520498/ratings the vote breakdown]] discards most of the votes, and the results seemingly add to just [[http://www.imdb.com/chart/bottom?pf_rd_m=A2FGELUUNOQJNL&pf_rd_p=2240098822&pf_rd_r=0R0HA51523FP7GR3RVP0&pf_rd_s=right-4&pf_rd_t=15506&pf_rd_i=top&ref_=chttp_ql_6 2.3, enough for a spot at the bottom 100.]]
16th Jan '16 9:43:17 AM igordebraga
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* Trope inversion by EA Games: they hired an advertising firm to position protesters outside E3 2009 calling for their product, "Dante's Inferno", to be banned. Then they owned up to it, creating even more publicity for their product (which, being about sin after all, is probably quite appropriate). It's an inversion because they likely never intended to have the protest itself drum up support; they've been doing similar sin-based viral marketing campaigns for this game and this was just part of the theme.
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* Trope inversion by [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA Games: Games]]: they hired an advertising firm to position protesters outside E3 2009 calling for their product, "Dante's Inferno", ''Videogame/DantesInferno'', to be banned. Then they owned up to it, creating even more publicity for their product (which, being about sin after all, is probably quite appropriate). It's an inversion because they likely never intended to have the protest itself drum up support; they've been doing similar sin-based viral marketing campaigns for this game and this was just part of the theme.

** They also made the website "Internet Explorer: The Browser you loved to hate" which tried its best to look like a site made by fans of the [[WeDontSuckAnymore newer versions of IE]], complete with [[ForcedMeme Forced Memes]] such as an image comparing different browsers to different kinds of girlfriends (all of which are needy, high-maintenance, etc except for IE). It also has an unusually high number of likes on [=StumbleUpon=] for this kind of site.
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** They also made the website "Internet Explorer: The Browser you loved to hate" which tried its best to look like a site made by fans of the [[WeDontSuckAnymore newer versions of IE]], complete with [[ForcedMeme Forced Memes]] {{Forced Meme}}s such as an image comparing different browsers to different kinds of girlfriends (all of which are needy, high-maintenance, etc except for IE). It also has an unusually high number of likes on [=StumbleUpon=] for this kind of site.

* In December 2006, Sony attempted a so-called "viral" marketing campaign for the [=PlayStation=] Portable by faking blogs, user-created videos, and even graffiti concerning the theme "All I Want For Christmas is a PSP" -- and were caught at it within days. While, to their credit, they fessed up to it almost immediately and even poked a little fun at their failure, the InternetBackdraft lasted quite some time.
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* In December 2006, Sony attempted a so-called "viral" marketing campaign for the [=PlayStation=] Portable PlayStationPortable by faking blogs, user-created videos, and even graffiti concerning the theme "All I Want For Christmas is a PSP" -- and were caught at it within days. While, to their credit, they fessed up to it almost immediately and even poked a little fun at their failure, the InternetBackdraft lasted quite some time.

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* In December 2006, Sony attempted a so-called "viral" marketing campaign for the [=PlayStation=] Portable by faking blogs, user-created videos, and even graffiti concerning the theme "All I Want For Christmas is a PSP" -- and were caught at it within days. While, to their credit, they fessed up to it almost immediately and even poked a little fun at their failure, the InternetBackdraft lasted quite some time.an extreme case of PolishTheTurd, ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure
27th Dec '15 10:19:06 AM LentilSandEater
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'straighter example' seems a bit rude.
** Straighter example: After a parents' group launched a protest against the existence of a GayOption in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [=AllOut.org=] created a "petition" showing support for this practice. Fair enough. But then the petition was [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/04/10/ea-anti-boycott-petition-flooded-by-spambots/ hit with a barrage of signatures very blatantly generated by spambots]], and [=AllOut=] took it down. Not long afterwards, images began circulating showing alleged screenshots of traffic towards the website originating from Origin, EA's digital distribution/CopyProtection app.
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** Straighter example: * After a parents' group launched a protest against the existence of a GayOption in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [=AllOut.org=] created a "petition" showing support for this practice. Fair enough. But then the petition was [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/04/10/ea-anti-boycott-petition-flooded-by-spambots/ hit with a barrage of signatures very blatantly generated by spambots]], and [=AllOut=] took it down. Not long afterwards, images began circulating showing alleged screenshots of traffic towards the website originating from Origin, EA's digital distribution/CopyProtection app.
27th Dec '15 10:18:04 AM LentilSandEater
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* Music/XJapan has done a variant of this - while not specifically hiring audience aside from paying models and stunningly physically attractive individuals to be front row for various recorded shows, it has given out free tickets to fans and others, and opened video shoots/events to the public - which often provides for a fairly large crowd. Subverted in that the band was/is popular in Japan and elsewhere without the need to use such, and that when known, this tends to upset the existing ''legitimate'' fanbase.
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* Music/XJapan has done a variant of this - while not specifically hiring audience aside from paying models and stunningly physically attractive individuals to be front row for various recorded shows, it has given out free tickets to fans and others, and opened video shoots/events to the public - which often provides for a fairly large crowd. Subverted Downplayed overall in that the band was/is popular in Japan and elsewhere without the need to use such, and that when known, this tends to upset the existing ''legitimate'' fanbase.
27th Nov '15 7:22:15 PM PsychoGecko
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** The Tea Party itself formed in response to CNBC commentator Rick Santelli's famous rant against bailouts. There are many groups calling themselves "Tea Parties", and still no specific leaders or groups that they unite under, however, many Tea Party-affiliated groups receive funding or support from, or are allied with, mainstream GOP organizations like FreedomWorks. One accusation from October of 2012, found in a National Institutes of Health study abstracted [[http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/07/tobaccocontrol-2012-050815.abstract here]], that the Tea Party, in fact, is in large part the creation of an alliance between the Koch Brothers and major tobacco companies looking for a new way to fight government efforts to place restrictions on smoking and marketing of tobacco products.
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** The Tea Party itself formed in response to CNBC commentator (and former investment banking firm VP) Rick Santelli's famous rant against bailouts. There are many groups calling themselves "Tea Parties", and still no specific leaders or groups that they unite under, however, many Tea Party-affiliated groups receive funding or support from, or are allied with, mainstream GOP organizations like FreedomWorks. One accusation from October of 2012, found in a National Institutes of Health study abstracted [[http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/07/tobaccocontrol-2012-050815.abstract here]], that the Tea Party, in fact, is in large part the creation of an alliance between the Koch Brothers and major tobacco companies looking for a new way to fight government efforts to place restrictions on smoking and marketing of tobacco products.
11th Nov '15 6:07:17 PM Doug86
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* In CliffordSimak's ''Ring around the Sun'' a company sells improbably cheap and reliable (unbreakable if used properly, even) things of all kinds, such as houses, light bulbs, cars and razors. The fact that leads to the heroes correctly guessing there's some sort of a world conspiracy in action, though, is that despite not being able to make that much profit from their own products their advertisement fully relies on the word of mouth, and that's incredibly expensive.
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* In CliffordSimak's Creator/CliffordSimak's ''Ring around the Sun'' a company sells improbably cheap and reliable (unbreakable if used properly, even) things of all kinds, such as houses, light bulbs, cars and razors. The fact that leads to the heroes correctly guessing there's some sort of a world conspiracy in action, though, is that despite not being able to make that much profit from their own products their advertisement fully relies on the word of mouth, and that's incredibly expensive.
27th Sep '15 5:27:02 PM R1ck
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* Nearly every pro- UsefulNotes/NorthKorea statement on the Internet, including several accounts on Website/YouTube and an incident on ThisVeryWiki involving [[Tropers/{{Juche4world}} a certain]] {{troll}}, is believed to originate from a North Korean government SockPuppet.

* Likewise, there must be an awful lot of UKIP supporters who think alike, given that nearly all online comments in support of them (no matter the subject of the article they're commenting on) look exactly the same (look out for "LibLabCon" cropping up a lot and "Vote UKIP!" on a separate line, always in the imperative).
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* Likewise, there must be an awful lot of UKIP supporters who think alike, given that nearly all online comments in support of them (no matter the subject of the article they're commenting on) look exactly the same (look out for "LibLabCon" cropping up a lot and "Vote UKIP!" on a separate line, always in the imperative).
13th Sep '15 5:54:17 PM DavidDelony
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooks_Brothers_riot "Brooks Brothers Riot"]] (so called for the expensive clothing worn by the participants). The "angry mobs" outside of the recounts of the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida were made up of Republican staffers, many of whom were flown in. Robert Parry detailed the facts in [[http://www.consortiumnews.com/2002/080502a.html Bush's Conspiracy to Riot]]. Salon.com called it [[http://www.salon.com/news/politics/feature/2000/11/28/miami/ Miami's Rent-a-Riot]].
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooks_Brothers_riot "Brooks Brothers Riot"]] (so called for the expensive clothing worn by the participants). The "angry mobs" outside of the recounts of the 2000 Presidential Election in Florida were made up of Republican staffers, many of whom were flown in. A good number of them got prime jobs in the Bush administration for their trouble. Robert Parry detailed the facts in [[http://www.consortiumnews.com/2002/080502a.html Bush's Conspiracy to Riot]]. Salon.com called it [[http://www.salon.com/news/politics/feature/2000/11/28/miami/ Miami's Rent-a-Riot]].
13th Sep '15 11:59:15 AM notahandle
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