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Pushing the Mises Envelope

April 18, 2011 by

It appears some people who consume mises.org everyday or visit via Facebook have an idea in their heads as to what the Institute will offer in the way of articles, what will be blogged about, and what news items might be posted on our Facebook wall.  These vocal few have the idea that the Mises Institute should only concern itself with what they consider economics and what they consider libertarian political theory.

Stepping outside that box sends these folks into a tizzy.  It’s as if they went to McDonald’s and ordered a Big Mac, fries and a shake, and their order arrives and it’s a salad, a flavored coffee, and Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait.  “Wait a minute, I ordered something else, and besides what the heck does McDonald’s think it’s doing offering foo-foo coffees, salads and girly deserts?”

This tiny fraction of folks who have blown a gasket recently over a couple of Facebook posts think by signing up as friends of the Mises Institute Facebook page that they  ordered something specific,  but now are receiving something that, they not only don’t want, but are repulsed by. Also, these folks must think that since they don’t like these particular posts no other fan of mises.org or Austrian economics could possibly like these posts either.

What Facebook does is make the world all about “Me.”   See “Me.” Read “Me. Be Influenced By “Me.” Take a look at “My” Likes. What I like, you should like.  Because, after all, the world would be a better place if everyone were just like “Me.”

But not all fans of the Mises Institute are alike and mises.org and the Institute Facebook page are more akin to a buffet than ordering a specific meal at the counter.  Why does McDonald’s change its menu over time?  Because tastes change, but more importantly the company seeks to expand its customer base.  Now the burger eater can convince his salads-only friend to give the golden arches a try.

Offering the occasional daily, blog or Facebook post about pop culture news items might just introduce new readers and students to Austrian economics.

The storm that generated this piece, started with a local teacher who happens to be married to a Mises employee.  Rebecca Black’s video “Friday” was all the rage for her young students.  Jeffrey Tucker was made aware of the video and his “Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’: A Libertarian Allegory” was born and as I write nearly 1000 people on Facebook have given Mr. Tucker’s piece the thumps up.  He has been interviewed three times on radio about this article and a TV appearance has been scheduled.

When one of the Institute’s Facebook Administrators noticed that nymag.com ran a short bit entitled “Who’s Covering Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ on Glee?” the administrator posted it thinking it was a nice follow up to Tucker’s very popular article.

Imagine the surprise:  “Mises is rolling in his grave”  “Ludwig would NOT approve” “WTF is this LVMI??” “i’ve unfaned pages for less”  “Who gives a —-? This use to be a great website.”  “You want the country to stop being sheep? Unhook the methadone clinic that is TV pop culture.”

And so on…72 (at this writing) comments, the over whelming majority negative.

The comment that we should ignore pop culture to turn the country around is especially rich coming from someone who took the time to comment on a social networking site, that might be considered….pop culture.

The fact is, if the Mises Institute didn’t have an eye on pop culture, we wouldn’t have a Facebook page for that person to throw his or her two cents at us in the first place.

A couple days later, one of the Facebook administrators noticed a news item in the nytimes.com “ABC Cancels ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live.”  Posting the short piece seemed like a great way to honor Murray Rothbard, who loved soap operas, and share a memory about him that many people likely wouldn’t know.

The response was:

“why are you posting random news bits? I don’t want my celebrity news from this facebook page. I want economic thoughts. Learn your role and achieve it.”  “Who the hell is running the Mises facebook page? This is starting to piss me off.”  “I agree, Mises is getting very chatty with fluffy stuff.”  “WTF!!! Who gives a —- about soaps….”  “I’m pissed because this facebook page is supposed to be about the Ludwig von Mises Institute and Austrian economic thought, not Lindsay Lohan’s newest coke binge or Charlie Sheen’s 7 gram rocks.”

And so on.  55 comments, that while more balanced, the negative comments are longer and more aggressive.

By the way, I don’t think we’ve posted anything about LiLo, but as her comeback progresses, anything is possible.  Mr. Sheen has made a mises.org blog post recently and who knows what may come?

What’s interesting is that the person most upset about the soaps post has two books by Murray Rothbard posted on their information wall as favorites.  For a New Liberty and A History of Money and Banking in the United States.  So, this person is clearly a Rothbard fan but for some reason doesn’t find it at all interesting that Murray loved to watch soap operas.  This person is annoyed to the point of posting multiple, lengthy, nasty comments concerning a tiny article about the passing of an era in television and doesn’t see the relevance that one of his or her heroes loved to watch these programs.

A couple weeks before this whole Glee, “Friday” brouhaha started, an article about Vogue’s Editor Anna Wintour was posted on the Facebook page, generating comments like: “I think von Mises has jumped the shark.”  “I was thinking who cares? and what does this have to do with economic liberty?”

So why would an administrator of the Institute’s website post a lengthy profile of the woman who was the inspiration for the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”?  Maybe because in a world of dying print media she has created a tremendous brand and following by going against convention.  High fashion Vogue has featured Knicks forward Amar Stoudemire “amidst the magazine’s lissome models” in a photo spread.  She has put LeBron James on the cover as well as celebrities and politicians.  “Wintour realized long before most that fashion was about to burst its tight seams and join the broader culture.”

To have a real impact Austrian economics and libertarian political theory must become part of the broader culture.  We won’t do that by being just a place for a selective group of economics and political geeks to get their daily fix.  Austrian economics is not an investment strategy or political movement.

“Economics is not specifically about business; it deals with all market phenomena and with all their aspects, not only with activities of a businessman,”  Mises wrote in The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science,

In Human Action, he wrote, “Whether we like it or not, it is a fact that economics cannot remain an esoteric branch of knowledge accessible only to small groups of scholars and specialists.  Economics deals with society’s fundamental problems; it concerns everyone and belongs to all.  It is the main and proper study of every citizen.”

For those who have popped off, commenting that Mises wouldn’t approve of our pop culture posts, I disagree.  I think he would very much approve.  The goal is to reach as many as possible with the message of free markets and economic liberty.  With social networking each and every person now has the opportunity to help with that mission.   To turn a blind eye to pop culture is to ignore millions of young people that are eager to learn and open to new ideas.

The Mises Institute will not ignore an audience that in numbers overwhelms any political party or movement.  I urge our Facebook fans to embrace Mises’s message that economics is; for everyone, and about everything.

{ 47 comments }

beau April 18, 2011 at 4:24 pm

many new to the libertarian point of view came from the right, and while they think they are exempt from reacting with emotion or trying to use govt to push their own morality.doesnt surprise me that they take the same attitude here.
the real supporters of the thought process behind your site love that you do what you want, and tell the people who dont like it to get a freakin life.
sounds like a bunch of ninny old ladies with too much time on their hands, they should go join a homeowners association somewhere and go bother other bored old people.

Ron Helwig April 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

“To have a real impact Austrian economics and libertarian political theory must become part of the broader culture.”
I totally agree. While I don’t particularly like soap operas myself, I’d love for there to be soap operas where there is no mention of government whatsoever. I’d like there to be game shows where people who answer wrong but like they learned in school receive “government points” or have to wear a “government cap” (i.e. dunce cap). I’d love for game prize shows to ask contestants to name prices in silver or gold grams (not those outdated ounces from the royal system we should have gotten rid of decades ago, but I digress).

Dean Wilson April 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Have you seen the BBC show QI with Stephen Fry? They’re not exactly anti-state by any means, but it’s a lot of fun to hear the school book answers penalized as “obvious but wrong!” Better than any American quiz or panel show I’ve seen.

Peter April 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm
Jeremy Dahl April 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

fantastic article and great points.

Robert April 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Great post. Please understand that the Internet and the comments left are always going to have a negative bias. People like myself whom might see this Rebecca Black post and think nothing of it, are not very likely to post a comment saying something to the effect of “I’m not a fan of Rebecca Black, but nice work on reaching out to a wider audience.” We just see the post and move about our day.

The Internet allows people whom otherwise feel unheard and unimportant to vent their feelings. Overwhelmingly this is done in a negative manner. Very basic psychology demonstrates that those whom feel frustrated and/or inadequate tend to try and inflict similar feelings upon others through teasing or negative feedback.

I think it is remarkable you addressed and dealt with this issue in such a sophisticated and professional manner as this. I assure you that the overwhelming majority of those who truly support the Misesian vision and framework can not have that position weakened regardless of how off-topic a random facebook post might be.

Keep up the great work, the world is a better place for all the Mises Institute has done and continues to do on a daily basis. Despite losing my livelihood due to the US government banning online poker for good this past Friday, I have recently made my largest ever donation to the Mises Institute and plan on continuing my support regardless.

Chris April 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Great post, those people are total clowns.

Is there anywhere we can find these three Jeffrey Tucker interviews? Also, what TV show is he going on? I really want to hear ‘em! :)

Donald Rowe April 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

If blog.mises.org will post the stuff I write, who am I to complain about any other stuff they choose to post. Wait a minute, where did that last post of mine go?

Sprachethiklich April 18, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I think if I remember correctly the negative comments I read and even wrote about the Rebecca Black post had nothing to do with it not having to do with economics or libertarianism but more to do with she is ridiculously bad at not sucking and that your analysis was so over the top corny I thought it was satire at first. I have no problem whatsoever with noneconomics or nonlibertarianism posts. But, strangely, they can’t suck. Pretty standard requirement.

Joshua Park April 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Hear, hear.

yaj April 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I agree a 100% about serving a broader base. Personally I loved the Jeffery Tucker article and did not care much about the two posts but that doesn’t mean that I oppose the right of anyone to post it or the strategy of Mises’ Institute. Having said that I do think that if we are talking about true liberty then people should be free to express their views both the one who posts and the one who reads. Therein lies the true value of social media. I personally consider the tone, the content of the opposition irrelevant as we truly are not ‘sheepel’ and everyone cannot be expected to express their opposition in a similar way. So if we believe everyone has true liberty, true freedom to express their opinions then this applies to both parties.

Also if Mises Institute is a product, a service then the negative comments are a feedback from the customers. If reaching the broadest base is the target then can we afford to ignore and worse yet, shut down the views of our customers?** Are we saying now that we decide based on some comments who is liberty loving and who is not and we only target liberty loving people. I earlier felt dis-heartened by the negative comments I saw on those posts but I am equally dis-heartened by the rebuttal. If I am told now that Mises Institute is not a product, not a service with a goal and those who follow it are not its customers, if this is a mere blog where great minds (and they truly are great) express their opinions then I would understand. But when the stated mission is to take the message of liberty to all then we have to understand that liberty does not lie in agreement alone. Its greatest test lies in disagreement.

**Note: One might not choose to do everything a customer wants in fact it is not possible to do everything every customer wants but ignoring or deriding them is probably not the best way either

yaj April 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Above instead of “I personally consider the tone, the content of the opposition irrelevant as we truly are not ‘sheepel’ ” I meant “I personally consider the tone, the manner of expression of the opposition irrelevant as we truly are not ‘sheepel’”

Michael April 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Personally speaking I enjoy the “lighter” articles that are posted on this site. Aside from offering a new perspective about something many may consider trivial or inconsequential, I also enjoy them as they offer me a way to talk about “pop culture” with my friends, and share the unique perspective I read here. I also agree that these shorter articles can hopefully lead to a greater understanding of the principles of The Mises Institute.

Also I applaud the author for taking the high road, and not bothering to point out the fairly apparent and gross contradiction of one leaving a post declaring what the site should do and shouldn’t do, something anyone I would think who has the slightest understanding of free markets and personal freedom would do their best to refrain from.

Dack Phillips April 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I enjoyed this post. I personally liked Tucker’s article, but as an unfortunate side effect, have had Black’s song playing on repeat in my head for the past two weeks. As a recent convert to libertarianism, I recognize that this website is your property and you can post what you want on it. Personally, I didn’t mind the posts at all. I started to read the lengthy profile of the inspiration for “The Devil Wears Prada,” and when I got a few paragraphs in, I realized it wasn’t something I was interested in and closed the browser window, without sending any scathing letters. I recognize that the people who post have the freedom of speech, and facebook’s comment section allow them to express their ideas, but they should respect your private property rights. If they don’t like something, ignore it. The libertarian way is to allow people to do things with which one doesn’t agree so long as it does no harm to another’s life, liberty, or property. If you don’t like it, unsubscribe, ignore it, move on. If I did have one complaint about the Mises institute it’s that it is posting so many good articles that I want to read in the mornings, that I’m having trouble keeping up on a daily basis. I’m still trying to find time to read two I didn’t finish last week, and there have been about four more articles posted this morning! You guys are killing me (in a good way, of course). =) I’m enjoying the articles, and the posts. Keep up the good work, and to the haters: quit sweating the small stuff.

Jeffrey Tucker April 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

I know what you mean about that song!

Cory Brickner April 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

It seems to me that those who dislike the posts are perfectly welcome to ignore the posts. It is ironic that some people are acting like the same authoritarians they supposedly purport to abhor with respect to following Mises.

There is nothing wrong with expression of opinion, but there is a polite way to do it.

I, for one, saw the articles in question, read Jeff’s article and watched the video because I love to read Jeff. I wasn’t so interested in the video, but my little girl was! I passed on reading the soaps article.

You know, a funny thing happened! I’m still here. The world is still spinning. The sun still rises and sets. There was a harvest moon last night and no werewolves appeared. I kissed my wife, dropped our little girl off at school, and came to work today. I feel so fortunate to be able to continue to live my life normally after all the turmoil Mises caused all these people by posting those articles!

Rob Mandel April 18, 2011 at 5:42 pm

In so many ways “pop culture” is pure economics. I try to explain to my students that consumer tastes are everything. Are Miley Cyrus, Brittany Spears, et al., really that talented? I’d wager they don’t make it much past the “you’re going to hollywood” stage. Sure, they’d get there, but not much after that. But they are (or maybe were) loved by millions. It’s the purest of markets. And consumers are sovereign. Fashion designers absolutely must cave to OUR demands, or they perish and end up at Ross or Marshall’s, not that’s anything wrong with those stores, but it’s the graveyard, if you will, of fashion brands.

Part of the charm or appeal of mises.org is they recognize that economics and libertarianism isn’t all about esoteric philosophical theories, 900 page tomes, or hour long lectures by brilliant scholars, though all are vital parts. Everyday life is what libertarianism is really about, the freedom to live, to be, to exist outside the statist quo (thanks J.T. :) :) ), to take a damn shower and be scalded by a geyser in my own damn house if I damn well please!! All without the state protecting me from myself. I’m always laughing at the looks I get when I show people my iTunes playlists. It’s all heavy metal, and some very heavy metal at that. Which I know would not be the taste of many here, but hey, to each their own.

On another note, mises.org must reach a larger and more diverse audience. For instance, I have become more and more anti-war over the past several years. However, I do not know that a policy of pure isolation is possible, or even wise. I’m not advocating the gross interventions of the last 30-40 years, or more, but…I look back at Thucydides, Herodotus, Polybius, Livy, et al., and sometimes I can’t help but question a few things. Human nature being what it is… However, I also recognize the warfare state as the welfare state and prefer too little to too much intervention. I could be wrong though and more and more tend away from my previous dispositions.

I do think there is much to appeal to “conservatives” and perhaps that is a perfect target audience. I mean, on the great spectrum of ideas, they are by and large on our side. Ideas, like crops, need room to grow. I can’t help but think that the renewed interest in Atals Shrugged is anything but a good thing for us. It’s like a Venn diagram, there’ll be many intersecting circles and yes, some differences, but for the ideas to grow, the circles need to get larger. And no doubt, the core ideas here are sound and correct. We can’t have any success if there’s but a handful of us all speaking to ourselves. We’ll be some Monty Python “Life of Bryan” analogy. The PLFP or something!!!

Once people learn more, as we’ve already seen the past few years, the ideas gain popularity. Look, would anyone have believed in 2009 that this administration would be trying to portray itself as budget cutters by 2011?

So, keep it up. I love it all. We are winning.

Greg Davis April 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I got into the Austrian School about 17 years ago after reading an article by Lew Rockwell. I considered it the first article on monetary economics I ever read that made sense. I ordered Rothbard’s What has Government Done to Our Money? at least partly because the mailing address was Auburn, Al and I like the Auburn Tigers football team. So little things like that can mean a lot for getting new people involved…Mises.org gets better all the time.

Dack Phillips April 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

@Greg: War Eagle!

Bryan April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

How does posting about popular culture articles with no connection or mention of Austrian economics to people who are already subscribed to LvMI feed lead to spreading rational economics to the culture as a whole? This article contains a fallacious line of reasoning which attempts to package deal trivial pop articles written by the mainstream media with the superb work of Jeffrey Tucker. Tucker’s work makes an impact on the culture. Mainstream pop culture links without Austrian economic analysis are in a different category than articles published by Austrians dissecting popular culture. I submit that the author of this post has a confused view of what actions genuinely advance the Austrian cause within the mainstream by package dealing two entirely different sets of action.

Joel April 19, 2011 at 9:18 am

The answer to your question is facebook. Each time I login I see postings from my friends and can keep abreast of their interests and activities, and they in turn see mine. Perhaps two or three of my friends “like” mises.org, and they do because they found it on my facebook page. The majority have no understanding of what liberty really means or how markets work. As long as I only post items related to the “dismal science” it’ll never apeal to them, but when something familiar, something light is introduced, suddenly it becomes easier to understand and appreciate.

Eric Parks April 18, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Having thought deep thoughts the likes of which Boobus americanus can only dream, I get tired of “thinking” after a while.The light stuff is a welcome respite.

Cory Brickner April 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Here, here! This is why I like reading Jeff’s stuff so much. It points out how every day, light topics are related to the free market. Most of Everyday America can’t handle the intimate details and theories of Austrian Theory. Jeff is a gateway drug.

Paul Vahur April 19, 2011 at 1:57 am

Cory, it’s “hear-hear”.

J. Murray April 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

And if you’re hard of hearing, it’s, “Huh, what?”

Joe Peric April 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I wouldn’t sweat it, Doug.

I feel and think the same way as most of the commenters here. Some people just need to lighten up a little and learn to ignore things.

It must be that “it’s on the internet, I interact with it, I now have a say in how it works” psychological phenomenon at work. ;)

taxmaiden April 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Tell them to get over themselves…

Michael Richards April 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I’ve been going on this site for quite sometime and have loved reading different articles that are seemingly unrelated to libertarianism and economics. There have also been some articles on the core topics of both I was not too fond of. I try not to be the complaining type. If I don’t like something or suspect I won’t like it, I just don’t bother with it. Its like going grocery shopping. I don’t get mad at the store for selling stuff I don’t like. I just buy what I want and leave. With all the good the internet has done for the world, it has created a comfort zone of whining and trash talking. The Mises Institute is run by some of the coolest people on the planet who’ve allowed me to grow leaps and bounds intellectually with all the free books they give away. I am not super rich, so it would have taken me quite awhile to amass the library of knowledge I have now if I had to pay for all those books. Keep up the good work guys :D

On a side note: If some people acted the same way that they do in real life as they do on the Internet, the world would be an annoying place to live lol

John James April 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I agree with you here, Doug.

Personally I think this sort of backlash comes from a narrow mindset in which these complainers are not thinking about the broader picture of making AE and libertarianism more accessible to the masses…I think they like their anti-mainstream status. I think they relish in having their little non-conformist corner and being able to tell everyone that everything they think they know is wrong.

I think that just like everyone else who rags on anything that’s popular, they want to seem above the fray, and better than everyone else. It’s a holier than thou thing to be able to say “I can’t believe you read/watch that crap.” So when they see their personal source of contra-pop material, they (1) get a little annoyed by feeling like they’ve been betrayed, and (2) resort to their default behavior of hating on anything that a lot of people like. They think it keeps them different. That it keeps them smarter, more interesting…better.

But obviously if we really want to change things for the better, being too-cool-for-school is not going to help much.

Seattle Condos April 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I like your attitude Mr. French. Mr. Tucker’s article was very appropriate and entertaining as usual. As Mr. Beltrao said in his lecture titled, “Austro-Libertarianism as a Starfish”, the core “ring” of the movement and Mises.org is the Austro-Libertarian Doctrine.

John James April 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I think if I remember correctly the negative comments I read and even wrote about the Rebecca Black post had nothing to do with it not having to do with economics or libertarianism but more to do with she is ridiculously bad at not sucking and that your analysis was so over the top corny I thought it was satire at first. I have no problem whatsoever with noneconomics or nonlibertarianism posts. But, strangely, they can’t suck. Pretty standard requirement.

This is something I can more or less agree with.

AubreyHerbert April 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I think the suggestion would be that with these pieces of pop culture, it might be worthwhile to try explain as to why it is being posted, a bit better. Nice piece.

Eric Hosemann April 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I’m one Mises.org & Institute follower who couldn’t agree more. Great piece & keep the faith!

kch April 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Ludwig von Mises has changed my whole outlook on life, thanks in no small part to the work of the Mises Institute in getting out the message (and, the free e-books are invaluable!). I was not at all shocked to see these relations of pop culture in your feed. In fact, I agree, economics relates to all things, and it’s interesting to draw some of the parallels that these articles evoke. Forget the haters…they are just elitists; wannabe academics…keep fighting the good fight!

BC April 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

For heaven’s sake. Post as you please, it is your page! If folks do not like it, no one is forcing them to read it!

Shay April 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm

For me, this blog is not so much about the things talked about, but how they are approached. Even something like soap operas, which I have zero interest in watching, can offer insight when examined with the proper mindset.

Some postings at first seem to have nothing to do with economics, and I have an initial reaction to them. But I come here to learn, so I continue reading with the trust that the authors have found something worthwhile and relevant to examine about the topic.

Jose Ortega April 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Doug:Great blog. I would also like to add the first thing that popped into my head about Mises/Rothbard. Their two main book titles are telling. Mises had Human Action, which implies that economics is the study of all actions made by a human being. Rothbard, Man Economy and State, which the book covers the relationship between a human being, the economy, and the state.To me, the number one debate between mainstream economists and Austrians is over whether the market can be modeled with particle physics. I actually have heard that “market failures are a given and are just like quarks and leptons” line way to often from non-economists. The fundamental Austrian argument against such pretensions is that humans act as individuals. Then the whole rational question comes up. But hey I think “Friday” is awful and it would be irrational to me for anyone to like it.So isn’t that what the study of economics is about? Why people are interested in things that seem irrational to so many other people. Isn’t it truly about understanding one another and how to improve as individuals through some cooperative means with our fellow humans?Thats the best defense I can come up with and hey a lot of people have made a lot of money off of pop culture so to say it isn’t important to economic thought is completely moronic.

Friedrich April 19, 2011 at 12:21 am

I will not sign up for Facbook or any other “social” site. And I bet quite a lot of liberals or libertarians see it similiar… Feel free to visit my Mises blog or my outside mises blog . But no I will not publish my “private” parts on “social” networks ;(

J. Murray April 19, 2011 at 5:45 am

I wouldn’t get too upset. Facebook tends to bring the worst out in people. As you noted, because of the high “me” aspect of the site, it develops a heavily self-centered view of the universe. The site also naturally attracts that sort of person and likely has a much higher percentage of self-important people than the world at large. It’s a good bet to outright ignore what anyone has to say on Facebook.

Michael Barnett April 19, 2011 at 7:08 am

I think the issue is gravitas. People consider Mises.org to be more scholarly and less frivolous than other websites. There are a million websites to visit for pop-tripe.

DixieFlatline April 19, 2011 at 9:01 am

I wish LvMI showed half as much concern for the site community as the Facebook fan page.

Ned Netterville April 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

I just wish I could create something as popular as Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” or something as creatively controversial as Jeffrey Tucker’s post about it. Geez, I love Mises.org. I anxiously await Mr. Tucker’s next unique, always-libertarian perspective on, say, the Royal Wedding. I want to watch any video that goes exponentially uber-ultra viral, but the only place I’m likely to hear about it is here, and only if Mr. Tucker brings it to my attention. My own favorite Youtube music video features a beautiful, bald woman singing of freedom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbMpt1gxXgE&feature=related

Tyrone Dell April 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Haters gonna hate.
http://www.2kgs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/haters_gonna_hate3.jpg
Just keep on doing your thing.

I think the Rebecca Black’s “analysis” was kind of over-the-top. But I give you guys an A+ for the attempt. I hope you do more stuff like this and I hope it gets better and better the more times you do it.

That said, I totally feel like I’m in same position as Dack Phillips. There are so many actual economic articles you guys publish on this blog that I’m relieved when you post something slightly more pop. My entire life is being consumed by Mises blog posts and its nice to have some down-time! ;p

GSL April 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Viewer comments do represent real customer feedback, regardless of whether you agree with their content or tone. I would suggest keeping track of the website’s viewing statistics. If the views are going down, maybe that tells you how your audience really feels about the fluff posts.

Jett April 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I had just installed an addon which stops all flash apps from running until I press play- then they load. I was sure that the software had altered the video causing me to refresh 3+ times until it sunk in, although I found it funny at the time.

Frank April 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

Although i did find that was a whole lot of word’s for a ridiculous video, it certainly ok that this video exist. Demand is always boss. And if people want silly teen video’s to make fun of, well, lets give it to them.

Good article.

The Pregnancy Central May 12, 2011 at 7:32 am

Masses think Mises.org to be more scholarly and less frivolous than other websites. There are a million websites to visit for pop-tripe.

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