If there’s a way to get people outraged, it’s to put “Banned” or something equivalent as title for something reasonable, interesting, ethical or relevant.
Usually what happens is there’s heated discussion about the foolishness of the authority figure and how great it would be if we were just totally free.
This ad was recently included in a Facebook post with the title “Banned Ad”.
It’s actually from 2006, which is why it won’t be seen on Australian TV screens in 2013, and it was for an organisation called NAPCAN (though the website is out of date at the end of the ad). Here’s a write-up on the ad on The Inspiration Room.
I found this out by doing a quick search online. It’s easy. Anyone can do it. Yet so many don’t.
Perhaps this is generational: Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y were brought up with TV and we believed what we were told because that’s what the news was for: to inform accurately and logically. Conditioned in this way, we are at a disadvantage on services like Facebook (or indeed, the World Wide Web as a whole) as we weren’t taught necessarily to check what we were told; indeed, when I was growing up, there wasn’t any way I could. The web happened in 1992, 22 years after I was born (and is distinct from the Internet which was in one form or another since the late 1960s).
This, perhaps, is why the web is a scary place to some people. We are bombarded with information and lack the skills to verify accuracy. It’s easier to accept what we’re told, no matter the source. A chinese whisper only becomes corrupted if facts aren’t checked.