Mock the Spending Marathon Results: 75K views and Tied for 3rd
UPDATE: The marathon is over. Here is the “Mock the Spending” playlist, where each video plays one after another. Our entry tied for 3rd/4th place in the PowerLine Prize contest.
And at the BulletPeople YouTube channel you can watch some of our other videos.
Starting this Thursday 14 JUL we are launching the “Mock the Spending” video marathon when we make 100 videos in 24 hours that mock what’s going on in Washington. Read more about it here. Go watch the videos at our YouTube Channel starting Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT.
We think these love letters to Washington will be better if you get involved. If you’ve got a mock-worthy take on government spending, send it to us and we’ll make it into a video and give you a shout out. We’ll be on facebook and twitter (hashtag #bulletpeople) starting Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT and all day Friday.
But why give us your good idea when you can make a video yourself? We think anyone can make a short, clever video that absolutely destroys some careful house of cards Washington has built up over the years. If it turns out well, you’ll discover that the world has an insatiable appetite for irresistible videos that make a point. While you are at it, submit it to the PowerLine Prize Contest and you could win one of two $5,000 awards, a $15,000 second place prize, or the $100,000 grand prize. All you have to do is stumble upon that magical funny story or poignant remembrance or merciless evisceration that captures the imagination.
Here’s a preview of Thursday’s marathon.
When the government starts to pick winners and losers, as Ayn Rand wrote, people quickly learn that the currency of the land is relationships with those in power. Not content to do this only in real life, the administration is bringing this new play mechanic to the world’s largest online role playing game, World of Warcraft. Here’s a preview of the new “World of Washington” upgrade.
The administration’s “World of Washington” patch to WOW.
As this in-game shot shows, in the World of Washington, any deficiency in judgment or planning can easily be remedied if you know the right people.
Knowing the right people is the key to thriving in the World of Washington
In this video the ill-advised Cash for Clunkers program sounds more silly than ever when explained in terms of trading video games.
The irrationality of Cash for Clunkers is easily explained.
In this video, we describe the essence of the Hank Paulson bailout as described excellently by Salman Khan of Khan Academy in the detailed videos at this playlist.
The Paulson bailout as seen by those who pay full price for their mistakes.
So come by our YouTube Channel Thursday night and all day Friday to see 99 more videos.
Why funny videos? As always, Mark Twain said it best:
[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century; but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
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UPDATE: YouTube today reported that all video viewcount statistics from last week are inaccurate. So we really don’t know how many people came by to watch the videos.
Actually, inaccurate is saying it mildly. YouTubers have been reporting frozen view counts for several days now. This explains why we got such a tremendous amount of penetration throughout the conservative blogosphere yet the views on our videos remain low, most hovering around the worrisome 300 range (which is the viewcount at which YouTube switches their accounting method).
Details are provided by YouTube here. The upshot: “Public viewcounts are missing some viewcount data…All views from the outage period (7/11-7/18) will slowly be added back, however this may take some time….”
If you want to read some stinking mad folks who rely on YouTube for various promotions, see this thread. People are reporting what we noticed: view counts stall near 300. Since 4 a.m. on Friday the 15th half of the marathon videos hovered at 300 views. They still remain there. The rest are doing little better.
We were pretty sure something must have gone wrong. Whenever we’ve been lucky enough to have a video featured on the front page of conservative web sites like those listed above, they would shoot into the 10s of thousands of views very quickly.
So thank you so much, all of you who watched the videos. If you too wondered whether this kind of marathon could attract an audience then be reassured–the test of whether it will work or not hasn’t really been done. I really hope we get a chance to do this again soon.
Our consolation is the tremendous support from conservative bloggers. If you click here and here you can see search results showing the hundreds of great folks nice enough to feature us on their sites.
UPDATE: For four days like an idiot I sat twiddling my thumbs while there was a very easy way to estimate the actual view count of the marathon videos. YouTube’s view counts are way off. Most of the video view counts are still frozen where they were at 4 a.m. on Friday morning, before the marathon was even half over. But the “Likes” were reported accurately. You can estimate the view count if you know the average ratio of “Likes” to views. That’s something that stays constant pretty much across all of YouTube at around 1/3 of 1% of viewers. For our other videos it averaged .32%, or roughly one out of every 300 viewers “Liked” a video.
So given the number of “Likes” we got, the videos were viewed an estimated 170,000 times. See the spreadsheet here for details. So again, we can’t thank you enough for viewing these videos.
UPDATE: Oh well. I don’t know what was wrong with my estimate above but it ends up we got 75,000 views. At least that’s what YouTube is reporting now. Not sure if that’s correct. In any event, thanks for all the kind support.