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STOP TARP ARG
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mapmaker
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Joined: 26 Sep 2005
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Location: Providence, RI, USA

STOP TARP ARG
Or, stop the Troubled Assets Relief Program Alternate Reality Game

Steve Peters twitted (twote?) recently:
vpisteve wrote:
Hmm, some group is protesting our SXSWi panel?? RT @StopTarpARG Alternate Realities are set to destroy our children

Apparently, StopTarpARG (whose Twitter will lead you to their website) is a font variety-loving group dedicated to stopping an upcoming ARG about TARP:
StopTARPARG wrote:

Stop the TARP arg!!!
STOP THE ARG PANEL IN ROOM 6 AT 3:30PM
ON MONDAY THE 16TH
TARParg2009forthekids.org is a
Godless abomination!!!
Do you know what
Brian Cain and his SXSW panel
want to do to your child's mind???
Do you want your tax dollars to fund
advertisement???
Do you want to let the advertisers tell you
what to think???
The SXSW panel in room 6
is going to decide the fate of how
your tax dollars are spent.
We need to stop them!
And keep your children safe from
Brian Cain and his alternate reality.
Stop this illicit campaign of mental
warfare on the innocent and young!
Call 866-397-7406 to hear
the leader's manifesto!
Follow us on twitter:
StopTarpARG


FWIW, the web design of TARParg2009forthekids.org is an abomination.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:07 pm
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Gregoriev
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And the site is filled with children and stacks of money and happyness. Screw the people against ARG's.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:11 pm
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mapmaker
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From the phone message:

  • It is a vision of mindless decay
  • These ads are trying to eat our children's brains
  • These ARG advertisers will do anything
  • In the future the toilet. Will. Analyze. The urine.
  • Brian Cain has bottomless values

Apparently the TARP ARG has a Leading Puppetmaster Team, including Brian Cain, Brian Clark, Dee Cook, Steve Peters, and Lance Weiler. Emotive Manipulation Administrator? Tween Narrative Development? Targeted Audience Personality Outreach? Sounds like a standard ARG spec to me.

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Wiser
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And in case it wasn't clear, both sites ARE related. (don't worry about it being a bunch of nutcases, both sites have the same IP address)



(Wait, what am I saying? You have to be a nutcase to be a PM in the first place. Razz )
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Nighthawk
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Wiser wrote:
(Wait, what am I saying? You have to be a nutcase to be a PM in the first place. Razz )


Now you're just talking crazy. Wink



God, both websites are painful to watch.
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blessedSophia
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Location: Washington, DC

I live and work in DC so this is going to hit pretty close to home. On the watch list!

PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:37 pm
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krystyn
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I think I need a lie-down.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:57 pm
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enaxor
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I sent an email to forthekidsSPLATtarparg2009forthekids.org requesting more information. I got an auto reply...

Quote:
Thank you for your interest, someone will contact you shortly. To see the excitement first hand be sure and catch our live opening at SXSW, Monday March 16th @ 3:30pm @ room 6 @ The Austin Convention Center


Then within seconds I got this strange email...

Quote:


Guide 07c to m


This world is not real.

You are living in a dream.

Reach past the Light.


17 - 9 - 26 - 4 - 93 - 52 - 55 - 11 - 70 - 33


The email is addressed to "Mathew7_14, so maybe book cipher using the Bible, Book of Mathew???

No kloo if this is it related to Stop Tarp Arg.

*ETA- I don't think the Ark Light email is related to Stop Tarp Arg. Rogi also received this and posted about it here.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:19 pm
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blessedSophia
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enaxor wrote:
The email is addressed to "Mathew7_14, so maybe book cipher using the Bible, Book of Mathew???

No kloo if this is it related to Stop Tarp Arg.


Matthew 7:14:
Quote:
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.


Doesn't seem particularly significant. Also, I just e-mailed the TARP ARG address and haven't gotten anything like the second email you received.

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Pixiestix
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it is a full on shame i won't be at SXSW... This is wonderfully meta!!!

From Addle's {aka Dee Cook} Blog
Quote:
Yes, I have seen both 1 websites 2. No, I donít want to comment on either at this time. Yes, I am honestly concerned about being banned for life from SXSWi. The panelís been taken off the master listing of all talks, but the individual entry 3 is still there if you search by panelist name

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Oriza
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So it's like an ARG....about a fake ARG?

Awesome. *activates lurking powers*

Also, I have to say this:
ITS A TARP
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:00 pm
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Lunsford
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Cool concept.

*lurking*
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natas
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Joined: 06 Oct 2007
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Been waiting on something worth investing my time into. I'll join the lurker list.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:22 pm
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Fishjp
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Definitely going to watch this one closely.

Spoiler (Rollover to View):
Especially since I was asking about a political ARG in Meta not long ago...

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Drakurius
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sounds like fun so i guess i have a look on this one

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