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DoomGoober21 karma

Is satire dead? Millions will see your video. A large percent of those will believe your video is real. Tens of thousands will read this AMA or see the Snopes page.

In net total, those who agree with you already will find your video funny and those who you are skewering ... Will be driven further into their strange beliefs. Is it worth it?

DoomGoober19 karma

Can you talk for a moment how you pitched this investigation to your editors? Were they receptive? How long have you been working on this story?

May I also ask how do you question someone if you suspect they were involved in something negative or illegal without losing their trust or making them defensive? Conversely, how do you prevent being manipulated by an interviewee?

DoomGoober13 karma

Honestly that sounds a lot like what my vegan friends eat. But I don't know the climate change impact of the bazillion spices they put on everything.

DoomGoober11 karma

I will confess to harboring some mixed emotions at the moment

I hope your primary emotion is pride and bemusement (followed distantly by worry about the crazy world we live.) Your video is great, regardless of how some subset of the audience misused it. I just wanted to ask a confrontational question as I'm fascinated by the idea of fun/amusement versus harm (strangely, I think a great example of this are people who love shooting guns... while guns overall do great physical harm to society, they really are fun. Not saying your video was a gun, but same philosophical vein.) Thanks for answering sincerely.

This whole thing plays out in miniature on Reddit every day: Do I add a "/s" tag at the end of my satirical comment? How obvious do I need to be? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law

DoomGoober4 karma

I have a handful of vegan friends but most of them are of Indian descent so that kind of explains why I have so many vegan friends. Though one is not Indian and vegan just because he wrote an essay in college about veganism and it clicked with him.

I once wrote an essay advocating vegetarianism, my teacher told me it was great and asked how long I was a vegetarian. I am not a vegetarian, so I guess writing essays about vegetarianism and veganism don't always make the writers do it.