Insert mock Blockbuster coupons into area newspapers to indirectly
inform public of Blockbusters habit of renting censored versions
of movies to unsuspecting customers, and in hopes of sparking dialog
between these customers and store managers.
Esperanto Communiqué 07092002::
While on our annual Group Esperanto retreat in the Ozarks, a key
agent of our organization received word that VIACOM / BLOCKBUSTER
was attempting to further subvert the natural progression of the
popular consciousness. For years it has been well-known and widely
accepted that VIACOM / BLOCKBUSTER has had America sorely dependent
on a steady diet of thin, white, beautiful people, immersed in shallow
plots, and wielding an increasing amount of brand name products
on-screen for our visual consumption. But as if the majority of
Hollywood films werent bland enough, our operatives have recently
confirmed that VIACOM / BLOCKBUSTER has gone even further by providing
the unsuspecting public with edited for content versions
of movies whenever possible.
In the interest of this and all Group Esperanto activities, it is
vital that one understands all the facts: Contrary to popular belief,
Blockbuster does not edit their movies. On their website
FAQ they say with some degree of accuracy:
BLOCKBUSTER edit the movies in the store?
A: No, Blockbuster does not edit the content of its films. We offer
all movies for sale or rental in the exact condition we receive
them from the movie studios.
honest and encompassing response to curious visitors looking for
the answer to this question might read:
Does BLOCKBUSTER edit the movies in the store?
A: No, Blockbuster does not edit the content of its films. But whenever
able, Blockbuster will order edited for content versions
from the studios that go light on displays of violent or sexual
is no mention of this tactic anywhere on their website, and the
worst part is that most of the rentals dont mention anywhere
on the packaging that the consumer is about to rent a lighter version
than the one playing nationwide in theaters. We waited until movie
night and tested these findings. An agent of ours rented "The
Wonder Boys". This one actually said right before the movie
"this film has been edited for content." Boy did we feel
jilted. Naturally, we would have never rented the thing if it said
on the box "edited for content." We marched back to Blockbuster
and politely but firmly asked for our money back, which we received
without a problem.
Upon the first solid evidence of this travesty, the agents of Group
Esperanto sprung into action- convening immediately over smores
to devise its own three-pronged counterstrike, codenamed Hoodwink
The team quickly devised mock coupons to disseminate the real information.
After blowing out the color xerox machine at the lodge, the mock
coupons are inserted into area magazines and newspapers for eventual
retrieval by regular Blockbuster customers, who take care of step
three. The citizens pick up and read the coupon, learn of Blockbusters
unadvertised approach to movie rentals, and also try to redeem the
coupon for a free rental at their neighborhood outlet. Blockbuster
will quickly understand that the public is onto them, and will scramble
to explain themselves to curious customers. Eventually, through
digital distribution of the mock-coupons and their subsequent deployment
by the Group Esperanto Militia nationwide, Blockbuster will be forced
to rethink their policy of misleading the public about their rental
products. Blockbuster is free to rent whatever they choose, but
it is fraudulent to mislead the public about their selection.
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