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06.30.09

Microsoft Exploits Death to Advertise Its Products

Posted in Fraud, Marketing, Microsoft, Search at 2:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Microsoft uses Michael Jackson’s tragic death to advertise itself

SEVERAL WEEKS ago, the media industry used a really traumatic experience of pirates in Somalia to make a comparison to people who share files. Several years ago, Microsoft fraudulently also used the identities of deceased people to rescue itself from criminal investigation. In both cases, front groups were used. And now, ladies and gentleman, the monopoly from Redmond uses the death of Michael Jackson to promote Bing, Microsoft, NBC and other such brands.

Sighted in New York City: A taxi sporting an ad for Bing and NBC that says, “We will miss you Michael.” That scrolled right next to the famous picture of Michael Jackson from the “Thriller” album cover.

Has Microsoft no dignity left? Must it also smell an opportunity to make a buck from this death of the King of Pop? Mirosoft also pays some publications to promote Bing, but that is a separate story about corruption of the media.

“The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.”

Albert Einstein

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12 Comments

  1. lalala said,

    June 30, 2009 at 2:52 pm

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    You talk about MS having no dignity left, but what about you BN people wanting people to die instead of having more IE users?

    http://linsux.org/index.php/topic,1214.0.html

    lalala Reply:

    So, it really must be true since you are unable or unwilling to respond.

    Moo Reply:

    Your hypothetical example of death by starvation vs. using Internet Explorer is an example of a false dilemma. The informal fallacy of false dilemma (also called false dichotomy, the either-or fallacy) involves a situation in which only two alternatives are considered, when in fact there are other options. Closely related are failing to consider a range of options and the tendency to think in extremes, called black-and-white thinking.

    The argument from silence (also called argumentum ex silentio in Latin) is generally a conclusion based on silence or lack of contrary evidence. You are wrong to claim victory by using argumentum ex silentio to your fallacious dilemma.

    Please try again with better arguments that are not fallacious.

    lalala Reply:

    The question was not directed at you. If it was I would tell you to try again without sounding all high & mighty and then I would ask you how long it took you to look those words up.

    Moo Reply:

    I am an artist of debate. As part of my craft, I study critical thinking skills. One of these skills is to identify faulty logic. Faulty logic is a source of confusion. Faulty logic should not have any place in any serious debate.

    The fact that it was not being directed to me doesn’t matter. I responded in order to expose faulty thinking.

    The only reason I sound high and mighty is because you sound loose and deceptive. People that promote loose thinking by choosing confusing language are either confused or intend to be deceptive. If you want to be taken seriously within a serious debate, you lose credibility when you depend upon faulty logic. If you want to be taken seriously within a serious debate, your logic should be sharp.

    lalala Reply:

    Once more, the question was not directed at you. I’m waiting for Roy to respond. I suspect I’ll be waiting for a long time since he seems to lack the ability to respond to any questions. Instead, he gets his flunkies to respond for him.

    You can respond to this if you want. I won’t answer again because you’re not Roy. Go ahead and act all high & mighty again while throwing your fancy dancy words around if it makes you feel important.

    Moo Reply:

    One possible reason why Roy doesn’t respond to your query is because your logic is confused. There is no need to directly respond to confused logic because any the direct response will also be confused.

    One possible reason why Roy doesn’t respond to every query is because he is exactly like every human with limited time resources. Every activity has an associated time cost. Maybe Roy doesn’t possess enough time to do all the activities he wants to do in addition to addressing every query directed to him.

    I am also confused about the meaning of “flunkies” and “fancy dancy words”; would you care enlighten me so that my understanding is improved.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I just don’t waste time on people who have been trolling us for 2 years.

    Moo Reply:

    I understand. You don’t address this lalala character because you consider him a troll who unworthy as a participant in a debate.

    lalala Reply:

    I clicked the link and got 34 hits. So 34 hits in 2 years is trolling? You’ve posted to many sites a lot more than 34 times in 2 years, so you must be a troll as well.

    My original comment has served it’s purpose. It wasn’t to get you to refute the claims in the Linsux article, nor was it to prove yet again that you resort to defamation and subject-changing when someone outside of the Boycott Novell circle asks you a question.

    I’ll save it for a later time when it’s needed.

    Thanks Roy.

  2. aeshna23 said,

    June 30, 2009 at 10:12 pm

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    This is just isn’t worthy of attacking M$. What else is Michael Jackson’s death for but an excuse to exploit the worthless morons who care about his death.

    The words “dignity” and “Michael Jackson” shouldn’t even be used in the same paragraph!

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I like Jackson’s music.

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