I don't usually like to do partisan politics here, but this is an exception. First of all, it's an amazing example of customized online content creating a compelling viral campaign. Second, it's American politics. Third, it's Glenn Beck, who nobody with half a brain takes seriously anyway — whatever their political affiliations.
Yesterday, reader Casey sent me this link: http://beck.cnnbcvideo.com/?rc=taf&b=b|641948-uziKFmx&referred_by=17606663-ozs8g9x
It's an American left-wing parody news report generator (from cnnnbc) using footage of insane pundit Glenn Beck to demonstrate that his tea-party witch hunt could target anyone next. (Including, apparently, Canadians!)
When you click the link, it asks you to connect with Facebook. I was assured it was "safe", but I am not recommending that you do it just for liability reasons. I am, however, willing to give up my own privacy to show my readers just how cool (and terrifying) customized video has become.
Yup, that's me in Glenn's sights.
He even knows where I came from.
I think everyone already knew that...
Oh my God!! He's also after my Facebook friends!!!
The protest signs were particularly impressive. I wish one of them had said "Get a brain, morans!"
The bottom line.
If you want to see how it works, I've put placeholders in this one:
Whatever your politics (this is, admittedly, a message from moveon.org), it's pretty amazing what they can do these days.