Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but my new SEKRIT podcast The 9pm Edict starts this coming Monday 22 February 2010.
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Following yesterday’s news that a memo claiming McDonald’s deliberately rips off customers was a fake (pictured), I spoke about Internet pranks on ABC Radio 891 Adelaide this morning. I figured you might as well see my notes.
Oh, and the audio is below.
The fake memo was the work of Adelaide-based satirist and prankster David Thorne who, amongst other things, runs the website 27bslash6 as troll-bait and is flogging t-shirts and a book of his pranks called The Internet is a Playground.
Personally, I reckon pranks that just waste people’s time or otherwise annoy them without making any more significant point about society are pretty cheap.
Thorne’s attempt to pay a bill with a drawing of a spider is perhaps amusing, and it’s good that the victim saw the joke. But I put it at the same level as The Chaser bringing a horse into shops. Whereas The Chaser‘s breach of security at APEC, which you can see on video, made an important point about security theatre and social engineering attacks.
Anyway, this is what I discovered while poking around…
I’ve decided at the very last minute to do a liveblog from SoGiKII: Law, Communication Technologies and Culture Conference… right now!
If you can’t see the CoveritLive tool immediately below, then you’re not using a compatible browser. Anything written without attribution will be from me.
Feel free to add questions and comments. The Twitter hashtag for the event is #sogikii.
Next Tuesday 9 June I’ll be speaking at SoGiKII: Law, Communication Technologies and Culture Conference, hosted by the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, University of New South Wales.
Registration closes today, so be quick. My 15-minute presentation is “The Parable of the Topless Gnome: Cultural imperialism and censorship in a global world”. Well, yes…