UPDATE 1/30: Sharon over at Doubtful News has a great article on the history and effects of hoaxing here.
An innocent young student in Edmonton, Alberta was shocked at how gullible people were in believing that the Conklin video was real. She decided the very best way to save us from our naivety was to create a hoax using the sound from the Conklin video. No irony there. In a nauseating article by Mike Ross entitled Strange Sounds in Edmonton Sky Part of Viral Phenomenon here, the young lady recounts in a question/answer session exactly how and why she did it. Seems to me Mr. Ross sensed this might not go over well and ends the article with:
“The idea that these videos might fake be isn’t the story here. It’s the 1.8 million views the Conklin video got (and more than 83,000 for the Gladue’s video). Any indie band with a music video would be over the moon to get this kind of traffic. It’s the kind of number that can make you famous.”
Does this mean that we should fool millions of people just to sell a movie or get our band noticed? She says:
“I made it because I was surprised at the attention the Conklin video was getting, and the friends on my Facebook friends list were voicing their fear, which I think is wrong.”
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She goes on to explain that she had nothing to do with uploading it to Youtube:
“I did not intend for the video to be uploaded to YouTube, at all. Some stranger who saw my video on a mutual friend’s Facebook page copied it to his computer and uploaded. Since seeing it uploaded I was at war with myself, torn between making him take it down or not.”
But she didn’t. She wanted to see how many hits she could get so she left it up. She says:
“I am a bit shocked and saddened that this is getting so much attention, when there are so many other important things going on in the world and deserves people’s attention.”
Noble intentions? The need to teach us a lesson?
One thing this blog has taught me is that people are by nature afraid. Some people are looking for a sign and they live their lives waiting for the blade to fall. I can hear their fear and anguish when I read the comments. When people commenting on videos express their fear of 2012 and how they don’t want to die my heart sinks. And yet they can’t look away. They don’t want things to be open ended and look for ways to predict our end. No one likes uncertainty.
The guys that made the Conklin video probably never expected it to cause so much fear. They can be forgiven. I’m not so sure I can forgive the copycats who were looking for a way to ride the wave to increase hits. It’s irresponsible and has real consequences. Who is to say that some unstable person out there saw one of these videos and was pushed over the edge. I myself did not create this blog for any reason other than it interested me. I am one of the people that was fooled initially. When I started to figure out Conklin was a fake it made me feel stupid and duped. I think anyone out there that has created a hoax should fess up so that we can hate you.
Some people take a completely different view of this behavior. From an article here by Sharon over at Doubtful News:
I applaud you, Claudine. While it was clear that this was a hoax of a hoax, you showed that your critical faculties were in the right place.
While I vehemently disagree with her, I respect her opinion. Thoughts?