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You might have heard about this VW ad.

The funniest line in the linked article  is "It's unclear whether the whole thing was staged."

I don't think that will be unclear to any of you.

 
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Jun 16, 2014
@sonofrajblake:
"So VW's contention is that on a clear dry road in daylight, with no visible pedestrians and no other traffic, getting a text will cause you spontaneously to swerve off the road and into a tree? Frankly, if your control over your vehicle is that precarious, you shouldn't have a car. You probably shouldn't have a bicycle. And you should probably wear a helmet when you walk to the shops..."

Try this experiment (very carefully), while driving on the highway, look at the person in the car next to you, then see how far you drifted over. My average is about 3 feet. Luckily there is about 6 feet of distance between cars on the road, but it is still pretty scary. While driving you tend to steer towards where your eyes are looking, and if you look to the side, you will drift. Now if you are aware of this, and make a point of locking your arms, you can reduce this effect, but it is still present, and something to be aware of.
 
 
Jun 16, 2014
So VW's contention is that on a clear dry road in daylight, with no visible pedestrians and no other traffic, getting a text will cause you spontaneously to swerve off the road and into a tree? Frankly, if your control over your vehicle is that precarious, you shouldn't have a car. You probably shouldn't have a bicycle. And you should probably wear a helmet when you walk to the shops...
 
 
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Jun 15, 2014
Okay so to answer the question, both. There were plants with cellphones that the camera man was on. Everyone else is just confused. Like what is this this thing in English saying?
 
 
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Jun 13, 2014
Felrond: "Hong Kong movie theater message on screen in English at end of movie = staged."

Yes, because English definitely isn't an official language of Hong Kong.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Hong_Kong#English
 
 
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Jun 13, 2014
Scott: Can't you just give us the youtube link instead of a page full of dancing GIFs that tries to show how oh-so-clever they are by explaining what's going to happen before letting us see it?

 
 
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Jun 13, 2014
It is not a sign of cleverness, believing that something is fake up-front, but of cynisism.

I like the ad, and i don't care if it is staged or not. The fact that i can imagine it being real is good enough.
 
 
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Jun 12, 2014
Well, considering just last week I witnessed a truck cut me off then continued to weave down the freeway, then swerve and wipe out. Flipped over and skidded for a while. I've never seen such a big shower of sparks.

I pulled over, called 911 then went to go see the body. No one was in the truck. The 2-IQ dumb chick who was all of 20 was standing there on the side on her phone texting, no kidding. I said I saw the whole thing and said you're either drunk or texting on your phone. She denied being drunk (and it didn't seem like she was) and she denied being on her phone. I said, well then you're pretty G-D stupid.

She walked away without a scratch.

Why do idiots survive? Aren't they supposed to be the Darwin winners and help to thin the heard?
 
 
Jun 12, 2014
Scott - why did you waste our time with this? If you don't want to post something interesting, then just don't post at all.
 
 
Jun 12, 2014
Was the "audience" aware? Angles and closeups say yes.
 
 
Jun 12, 2014
OFF TOPIC: Speaking of lame, did you see the poor guy with the "cyborg leg" make the World Cup's first kick?

Isn't there now a velociraptor robot that can run faster than a human? And a ping-pong playing robot? So this is our best kicking machinery?

 
 
Jun 12, 2014
I am surprised VW put their name on something so lame- if they did at all.

I am also surprised at the level of attention this is getting... texting and driving is an issue, for sure. That said, going way out of your way to put together a public service announcement that's never going to work again because the whole world has already seen it on the internet... and then also making a "how we did it" of dubious authenticity... [zzz]

Maybe there's some cheap garbage I need to order over on The Home Shopping Network.
 
 
Jun 12, 2014
I was just about to comment when I noticed there's this strange Chinese guy behind me with a camera.

 
 
Jun 12, 2014
How in the bloody would could this be an accident if every moviegoer with his phone on got a text all at the same time just in time, timed to the car crashing into the tree.

Also, why not just build anti drift and automatic safe stopping tech into cars? Problem solved.
 
 
Jun 12, 2014
Hong Kong movie theater message on screen in English at end of movie = staged.
 
 
Jun 12, 2014
People don't turn their cellphones off in theaters? Cinemark gives me free popcorn for putting my phone on "cinemode" during the movie. With popcorn prices being what they are, why would anyone miss out on that?
 
 
Jun 12, 2014
Location-based broadcast is a real thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_Broadcast

So it is at least *technically* feasible that this wasn't staged. As for the cameraman, of course he would be there, if VW was trying to make a commercial. In fact, they probably would have filmed dozens of audiences, just to get one that had the right response.

The audience itself doesn't react to the camera at all, but that isn't a giveaway, either; they could simply have been told that the theater was making a commercial for itself, to explain the presence of the cameras. Misdirection of that sort is very common in psychological experiments; subjects are rarely told what the *actual* purpose of an experiment is, since that knowledge would taint their responses.

Given all that, I'm tentatively willing to believe that this wasn't staged.
 
 
Jun 12, 2014
2nd funniest line:

"it's unclear why everyone has their phones on."

ha ha! - it's a movie theatre, so they've just seen a series of ads, followed by a message to switch off their cell phones. so, naturally, everyone has left their phones on. the only surprising part is that they weren't all filming the screen.
 
 
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Jun 12, 2014
Yeah, my Facebook feed is full of fake reality videos these days.

Here's another one that's been making the rounds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGvOMUZrqVM

And another one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEUg7OplvIQ
 
 
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Jun 12, 2014
I have seen a few times in movies - that everybody receives text message or a phone call (from a villain, obviously) at the same time. Wondered, if that's technologically possible.

And, of course, nothing staged in the add. Even the cameraman man had just wandered in there by accident.
 
 
 
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