Saturday, March 18, 2017

15.5 - Ya Gotta Just Laugh: TheRump supporters think ad for sci-fi series is real radio station

Ya Gotta Just Laugh: TheRump supporters think ad for sci-fi series is real radio station

This is an occasional feature, filed under the heading of Sometimes all you can do is laugh.

On its streaming TV service, Amazon is running an adaptation of a 1962 novel called The Man in the High Castle by noted sci-fi author, the late Philip K. Dick. It's an alternative history story in which the Allies lost World War II to the Axis at least  partly because Germany got "the Bomb" first. The story is set in 1962 and the US has been divided into an eastern zone controlled by Germany, a western zone controlled by Japan, and a lawless neutral zone between. There, a fledgling resistance movement is trying to get started.

As part of the advertising for the show, Amazon set up a website called resistanceradio.com featuring three looped streams supposedly from three pirate radio stations that are part of the show's fictional world. The company also set up a sponsored hashtag on Twitter, #ResistanceRadio.

Well, apparently a number of TheRump supporters heard about this and without even looking at the site, without doing one bit of thinking or checking, stomped over to Twitter to complain about the "liberal bias" of this non-existent station and to fume about "lefty loonies" who "would rather USA fail then admit Trump does anything good" and are "resisting facts like Trump is President."

It's true: sometimes all you can do is laugh.

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