Sunday, June 17, 2012

Save Taxes, Burn Books!

In another tax story from Michigan, a brilliant if inadvertent tribute to Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012), from Cory Doctorow:
The Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide agency has won a gold prize in the Effie awards for their hoax "Book Burning Party" campaign, which is credited with saving the public library in Troy, MI.  Michigan's extreme austerity measures and collapsing economy had put the library under threat, and the town proposed a 0.7% tax raise to keep it open. The local Tea Party spent a large sum of money opposing the measure on the grounds that all taxes are bad, so the Burnett campaign reframed the issue by creating a hoax campaign to celebrate the library's closure with a Book Burning Party a few days after the vote. 
The outrage generated by this campaign was sufficient to win the day for the library, as Troy's residents made the connection between closing libraries and burning books, focusing their minds on literacy and shared community, rather than taxation. 
Here's a video that tells the story:

Is this the same as putting fake but realistic looking eviction notices on people's houses?  Why or why not?

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