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I loved the little "Give me sugar" note, it was a nice touch.

Marketing people, on the other hand, hate it when a customer comes up to them, and asks them "to make a viral ad".

if you collect all the bags of sugar you get a free murder!

Now with 50% less life expectancy.

I've been laughing since I read it.
Good job.

:( Greenday isn't proper punk...

Punk was a lot more raw... and had infinitely less ballads!

Another Splended comic Mr. Carter.

Grey Carter:
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I'm sorry, but this marketing campaign sounds more like a job for Splendorman.

If you look directly at him, he get mad and you have to buy it.

As Captcha says:

GAME OVER

Aspartame breaks down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, & methanol in case anyone was wondering. It will kill you. Slowly, over time, but as surely as you breath.

The cost of that bag of sugar he asks? Probably $20.
Fitting use of a generally creepy thing to sell things, advertisements usually being somewhere in the uncanny valley anyway. No one acts like the people I see in commercials, as far as I know.

TotallyTroll:
Aspartame breaks down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine, & methanol in case anyone was wondering. It will kill you. Slowly, over time, but as surely as you breath.

How aptly named.

Wikipedia:

Metabolites

Hypotheses of adverse health effects have focused on the three metabolites of aspartame, which are aspartic acid, methanol and phenylalanine. Aspartame is rapidly hydrolyzed in the small intestines. Even with ingestion of very high doses of aspartame (over 200 mg/kg), no aspartame is found in the blood due to the rapid breakdown.[8] These metabolites have been studied in a wide range of populations including infants, children, adolescents, and healthy adults. In healthy adults and children, even enormous doses of aspartame do not lead to plasma levels of metabolites that are a concern for safety.

Aspartate

Aspartic acid (aspartate) is one of the most common amino acids in the typical diet but nevertheless has been implicated as a possible source for neurotoxic effects of aspartame. As with methanol and phenylalanine, intake of aspartic acid from aspartame is less than would be expected from other dietary sources. At the 90th percentile of intake, aspartame provides only between 1% and 2% of the daily intake of aspartic acid. There has been some speculation that aspartame, in conjunction with other amino acids like glutamate, may lead to excitotoxicity, inflicting damage on brain and nerve cells. However, clinical studies have shown no signs of neurotoxic effects,[8] and studies of metabolism suggests it is not possible to ingest enough aspartic acid and glutamate through food and drink to levels that would be expected to be toxic.[61]

Methanol

The methanol produced by the metabolism of aspartame is absorbed and quickly converted into formaldehyde and then completely converted to formic acid, which, due to its long half life, is considered the primary mechanism of toxicity in methanol poisoning. The methanol from aspartame is unlikely to be a safety concern for several reasons. The amount of methanol in aspartame is less than that found in fruit juices and citrus fruits, and there are other dietary sources for methanol such as fermented beverages. Therefore, the amount of methanol produced from aspartame is likely to be less than that from natural sources. With regards to formaldehyde, it is rapidly converted in the body, and the amounts of formaldehyde from the metabolism of aspartame is trivial when compared to the amounts produced routinely by the human body and from other foods and drugs. At the highest expected human doses of consumption of aspartame, there are no increased blood levels of methanol or formic acid,[8] and ingesting aspartame at the 90th percentile of intake would produce 25 times less methanol than would be considered toxic.[61]

Phenylalanine

People with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria are advised to avoid aspartame as they have a decreased ability to metabolize phenylalanine. Common foods such as milk, meat, and fruits provide far greater amounts of these metabolites in a diet than aspartame.[61]
Phenylalanine is one of the essential amino acids and is required for normal growth and maintenance of life. Concerns about the safety of phenylalanine from aspartame center largely around hypothetical changes in neurotransmitter levels as well as ratios of neurotransmitters to each other in the blood and brain that could lead to neurological symptoms. Reviews of the literature have found no consistent findings to support such concerns,[61] and while high doses of aspartame consumption may have some biochemical effects, these effects are not seen in toxicity studies to suggest aspartame can adversely affect neuronal function.[8] Like methanol, the typical diet will lead to ingestion of significantly higher amounts of phenylalanine than would be expected from aspartame consumption.[61]

Maybe not enough for a formal paper, but I'll take a well cited wikipedia page over a youtube video any day of the week.

The only deliberate attempt at viral marketing I can think of that worked well is Blendtec's Will it Blend series.

Ok the fake viral marketing thing is bad but at least Freddie View made a decent AD and was completely upfront with him saying EA told and paid him to make it so everyone knew it wasn't meant to be underground and viral unlike a few college humor videos I can think of. And second, HAVE YOU SEEN REGULAR ADS LATELY?!? (Yes I know caps lock) but dear god the hole Dead Space 2 thing and now Sonic promoting Insurace on Youtube!?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kru8ZaC5Wfs

(Yeah I don't even know what to say about this at this point)

I love Green Day, but they're far from the best punk band around. They're not even really proper punk, probably closer to Pop-punk than anything else.

OT: The "Give me Sugar" note gave me a good chuckle.

Dafttechno:
The only deliberate attempt at viral marketing I can think of that worked well is Blendtec's Will it Blend series.

Hello, Dafttecho. Look at your comment. Now back to mine. Now back to your comment. Now back to mine. Sadly, it isn't mine, but if it stopped ignoring one of the most prolific viral ads in recent years and started remembering Old Spice, it could seem like mine.

OT: It's a joy to see people are finally taking the piss out of slenderman. Yes, the game is terrifying, but I'm disappointed that the internet is not yet blanketed with tired memes and rule 34's yet.

Maybe not enough for a formal paper, but I'll take a well cited wikipedia page over a youtube video any day of the week.

Hmmm... A video i doubt you watched for one.
If you are forming potentially life threatening opinions from Wikipedia articles then you probably deserve what you get.

Despite the nature of the blurbs, they did not lie (they are just highly evasive). I think the key parts to pay attention to are where they talk about the components being absorbed. The methanol formed is fundamentally different than natural sources & there is no safe threshold at which to consume methanol. It is Bio-accumulative and will cause you to go blind.

Give me Sugar note. Perfect. Can't be said enough.

I think some people would try this kind of thing.

I know what will be next. Jeff the killer, selling sleeping medications!

GO. TO. Sleep....

These ads keep cropping up more and more. Items like the updating billboards in race games that change with periodic uploads from the company to the stupid captcha boxes that play laundry detergent jingles are going too far. Soon the marketing firms are going to try to beam the info right into your mind. Just think, you are asleep, having a great dream. Suddenly there is a commercial "This dream brought to you by the makers of (insert product here). The only product to blah blah blah blah" We get it marketing companies, you are paid to push products. All we ask is that you stop trying to make cool trendy tie-ins with and changes to the products that we have purchased to get away from it all and have some fun.

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TotallyTroll:

Wikipedia:

Metabolites

Hypotheses of adverse health effects have focused on the three metabolites of aspartame, which are aspartic acid, methanol and phenylalanine. Aspartame is rapidly hydrolyzed in the small intestines. Even with ingestion of very high doses of aspartame (over 200 mg/kg), no aspartame is found in the blood due to the rapid breakdown.[8] These metabolites have been studied in a wide range of populations including infants, children, adolescents, and healthy adults. In healthy adults and children, even enormous doses of aspartame do not lead to plasma levels of metabolites that are a concern for safety.

Aspartate

Aspartic acid (aspartate) is one of the most common amino acids in the typical diet but nevertheless has been implicated as a possible source for neurotoxic effects of aspartame. As with methanol and phenylalanine, intake of aspartic acid from aspartame is less than would be expected from other dietary sources. At the 90th percentile of intake, aspartame provides only between 1% and 2% of the daily intake of aspartic acid. There has been some speculation that aspartame, in conjunction with other amino acids like glutamate, may lead to excitotoxicity, inflicting damage on brain and nerve cells. However, clinical studies have shown no signs of neurotoxic effects,[8] and studies of metabolism suggests it is not possible to ingest enough aspartic acid and glutamate through food and drink to levels that would be expected to be toxic.[61]

Methanol

The methanol produced by the metabolism of aspartame is absorbed and quickly converted into formaldehyde and then completely converted to formic acid, which, due to its long half life, is considered the primary mechanism of toxicity in methanol poisoning. The methanol from aspartame is unlikely to be a safety concern for several reasons. The amount of methanol in aspartame is less than that found in fruit juices and citrus fruits, and there are other dietary sources for methanol such as fermented beverages. Therefore, the amount of methanol produced from aspartame is likely to be less than that from natural sources. With regards to formaldehyde, it is rapidly converted in the body, and the amounts of formaldehyde from the metabolism of aspartame is trivial when compared to the amounts produced routinely by the human body and from other foods and drugs. At the highest expected human doses of consumption of aspartame, there are no increased blood levels of methanol or formic acid,[8] and ingesting aspartame at the 90th percentile of intake would produce 25 times less methanol than would be considered toxic.[61]

Phenylalanine

People with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria are advised to avoid aspartame as they have a decreased ability to metabolize phenylalanine. Common foods such as milk, meat, and fruits provide far greater amounts of these metabolites in a diet than aspartame.[61]
Phenylalanine is one of the essential amino acids and is required for normal growth and maintenance of life. Concerns about the safety of phenylalanine from aspartame center largely around hypothetical changes in neurotransmitter levels as well as ratios of neurotransmitters to each other in the blood and brain that could lead to neurological symptoms. Reviews of the literature have found no consistent findings to support such concerns,[61] and while high doses of aspartame consumption may have some biochemical effects, these effects are not seen in toxicity studies to suggest aspartame can adversely affect neuronal function.[8] Like methanol, the typical diet will lead to ingestion of significantly higher amounts of phenylalanine than would be expected from aspartame consumption.[61]

Maybe not enough for a formal paper, but I'll take a well cited wikipedia page over a youtube video any day of the week.

Hmmm... A video i doubt you watched for one.
If you are forming potentially life threatening opinions from Wikipedia articles then you probably deserve what you get.

Despite the nature of the blurbs, they did not lie (they are just highly evasive). I think the key parts to pay attention to are where they talk about the components being absorbed. The methanol formed is fundamentally different than natural sources & there is no safe threshold at which to consume methanol. It is Bio-accumulative and will cause you to go blind.

Actually, I don't consume aspartame because it tastes like ass. You posted information(as your first post and under the name "TotallyTroll" of all things), and so I looked up the matter and found conflicting info. I imagine people can make up their own minds from there. I do wonder where all the blind people suffering from aspartame poisoning are though. The shit's been around for a while now.

Thunderous Cacophony:

Dafttechno:
The only deliberate attempt at viral marketing I can think of that worked well is Blendtec's Will it Blend series.

Hello, Dafttecho. Look at your comment. Now back to mine. Now back to your comment. Now back to mine. Sadly, it isn't mine, but if it stopped ignoring one of the most prolific viral ads in recent years and started remembering Old Spice, it could seem like mine.

Was the Old Spice add intended to go viral? Like, I'm sure they thought of that as a possibility, but the first time I saw it was on TV. Like, "Will it Blend" was a YouTube series, whereas Old Spice was a commercial that went viral? If I'm wrong let me know; genuinely asking.

Also, which Freddie Wong video was a put down of viral marketing? (and personally I'm fine with them making money from EA and other companies as long as the videos they make with that money are still great, and the kinds of videos FreddieW would have made anyways)

Does anyone know what one of Freddiew's early videos he's talking about?

Elementary - Dear Watson:
:( Greenday isn't proper punk...

Punk was a lot more raw... and had infinitely less ballads!

YOU NINJA YOU!

It's stuff like the Rolling Stones thing that makes me hate current generation music. Greenday the best Punk band? Does anyone know what punk music is or was? Maybe if you went back in time to the 90's when Greenday was first starting out, I would agree that they were a decent Punk band and that they vaguely fit the definition. Now they're just a bunch of main stream musicians who write a lot of ballads.

Also regarding viral ads. The nice thing about them is that it's pretty cheap to make one, which is good for people without the resources to advertise their product or, in the case of music, their band. Big companies getting into viral ads are just trying to be "with the times" so to speak and save money. Why spend thousands of dollars on a TV ad when you can spend a few hundred on a youtube video and have people promote it for you?

Now granted, the old spice ones and the blendtech ones probably aren't hurting for money, but at least they're hilarious and awesome. I always get this feeling that a big corporation viral video would feel artificial or forced.

Scrustle:
Does anyone know what one of Freddiew's early videos he's talking about?

The guitar hero on a bike one. Sorry, I forgot to link it.

Maybe not enough for a formal paper, but I'll take a well cited wikipedia page over a youtube video any day of the week.

Hmmm... A video i doubt you watched for one.
If you are forming potentially life threatening opinions from Wikipedia articles then you probably deserve what you get.

Despite the nature of the blurbs, they did not lie (they are just highly evasive). I think the key parts to pay attention to are where they talk about the components being absorbed. The methanol formed is fundamentally different than natural sources & there is no safe threshold at which to consume methanol. It is Bio-accumulative and will cause you to go blind.

Actually, I don't consume aspartame because it tastes like ass. You posted information(as your first post and under the name "TotallyTroll" of all things), and so I looked up the matter and found conflicting info. I imagine people can make up their own minds from there. I do wonder where all the blind people suffering from aspartame poisoning are though. The shit's been around for a while now.

I totally agree, & the name is just coincidence. People can/should make up there own minds about environmental & dietary dangers (except where they are forced on people, fluoride & the like). Give the video a watch, it can't hurt, and if it leaves you with more questions than answers, well... mission accomplished.

As for the people blinded by aspartame consumption; most of it gets diagnosed as all manner of macular degeneration. There are a few special cases of retinal detachment & spontaneous degeneration that have been positively/casually linked to aspartame consumption, but these are rare; the process normally happens slowly over decades & thus can ONLY be casually linked to people consuming huge quantities every day (a half pack of diet sodas). You probably aren't going to wake up one day and be blind because of it.

There are people like you who will stand up and say "well show me the horns" show me the obvious, unique, anecdotal symptoms. Well... they typically don't exist. Especially for substances operating at a quantum level, symptoms blend in with other symptoms & exasperate others.

I've just gotten into Slender. And I'm drinking Splenda with my coffee as I write!!!

Why do I feel like someone just walked on my grave?

Evil Smurf:
if you collect all the bags of sugar you get a free murder!

That bloodthirstiness or yours will serve you well at the Escapist's Hunger Games.

THEY MADE ME DO IT! THEY MADE ME DO IT!

Before I comment on the comic itself, is Slender man getting way more recognized thanks to the game Slender?

OT: That's one way to do things nice Slender man lol. Also the paper on the wall haha.

Green Day, the best punk band ever... Mad people. Especially given that all the good (read: old) stuff is basically just Social Distortion-lite.

Uggh, another person spreading the idiot notion that artificial sweetener gives you cancer.

Shame on you Grey Carter. ;-)

oh man, marketing, whenever I think of it I have to remeber what Bill Hicks said:

Impluse_101:

Grey Carter:
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I'm sorry, but this marketing campaign sounds more like a job for Splendorman.

I came here simply to make sure someone had posted this video!

Caramel Frappe:
Before I comment on the comic itself, is Slender man getting way more recognized thanks to the game Slender?

Pretty much yeah

It used to be just an inside internet made up rumor thing

That little thing with Rolling Stones readers calling Green Day the best punk band ever almost made me angry before I realized that I really don't give a shit about what their readership thinks. The Clash, motherfucker, have you heard them?

Proverbial Jon:

Impluse_101:

Grey Carter:
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I'm sorry, but this marketing campaign sounds more like a job for Splendorman.

I came here simply to make sure someone had posted this video!

What saddens me the most is that slenderman is becoming mainstream. .w. XD

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