## When you SHARE poorly researched infographics…

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Google reverse image search is your friend:

“When you ride ALONE, you ride with Hitler. Join a Car-sharing Club TODAY!”

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/%22WHEN_YOU_RIDE_ALONE_YOU_RIDE_WITH_HITLER%22._%22JOIN_A_CAR-SHARING_CLUB_TODAY%22._-_NARA_-_516143.jpg

Yes many people are familiar with the original. But who modified it into an infographics message?

I don’t see it on here (yet?) but it immediately made me think of the propaganda-esque stats posters on this Etsy store called NausicaaDistribution: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NausicaaDistribution

Page 2 of google image search shows who modded it (or, at least, claims to):

http://alaskarobotics.com/2013/01/07/check-your-facts-and-cite-your-sources/

Hi. I made this. It’s not my artwork, the original is by Weimer Pursell. I included some tiny tiny credits in the lower left corner.

http://alaskarobotics.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/check-your-facts.jpg

I hope you all have a day that exceeds the expectations of pleasantness forecast by your statistical models.

Using Hitler to disparage everything and everybody, no matter how minor it is, shows an impressive lack of perspective and sensitivity. Such an inflationary use of Hitler devalues the utter inhumanity of his regime, including the brutal death of millions and millions of innocent people, by equating it with largely irrelevant things such as poorly cited infographics. (Of course one should follow good academic practice and cite one’s sources, but how does that compare to wars of aggression and concentration camps?!) I find this highly offensive and would suggest that those involved do some proper research on the subject, which is equally good academic practice, before going out on a limb only to crack a tasteless joke, thereby demeaning millions of victims (some of which are still alive). So, when you SHARE poorly researched “funny” graphics, check the context and think FIRST!

The irony being that Hitler’s PR machine was highly successful with infographics based on pure lies. Although using an extreme, the message is very pertinent and I don’t think it is as distasteful as suggested

This joke ties in with the popular youtube hitler parodies (adding your own subtitles to a particular scene from the 2004 movie Downfall), and also with Godwin’s Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law).

I believe this parody ties in with the Youtube hitler parodies (adding subtitles to the 2004 movie Downfall), and with Godwin’s Law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law). And let’s be honest, the original is pretty far-fetched.

LWT, you’ve got a hard task ahead of you if you want to stop people from using Hitler, Nazis, war propaganda, or the intersection of these, as a basis for humor. And I assume the same goes for Stalin, Mao, bin Laden, Saddam Hussein…. I guess we just disagree on this.

Even thinking twice (literally) doesn’t make me think twice (figuratively) about posting this.

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