TLDR #8 - The Pace Picante Salsa Robot Has Gone Haywire

Thursday, December 05, 2013 - 06:04 PM

This episode of TLDR contains some explicit language.

This has been a crazy season for internet hoaxes. This week, we investigated one we actually deeply enjoyed being fooled by -- about a social media bot for Pace Picante Salsa going insane and inadvertently revealing an entire world of corporate conspiracy. We talk to the comedian behind the hoax, Randy Liedtke, who has his own very funny podcast called The Bone Zone.

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Though it's an entertaining podcast, I find your attitude and perspective discouraging. These guys are serial Internet spoofers, lying to people to get ... attention? self-entertainment? Luke O'Neil has a thoughtful piece, "The Year We Broke the Internet," in Esquire that asks what the net result of this is (well, he may be answering the question more than asking it). Guys like this using Twitter to hoax us all are trashing the reliability the Internet has (if it ever had it post-Eternal September). Sure it's funny, but at what cost? I'm beginning to hope these social network sites go the way of Prodigy and AOL floppy disks and dial-up modems. The sharing if untruths is getting out of hand, it doesn't need your team's help.

Dec. 27 2013 12:38 PM

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