The Boy Scouts Now Have An MPAA Merit Badge In Misleading Arguments

from the lucky-them dept

Chris writes in to let us know that the MPAA's latest effort in brainwashing kids to their one sided argument is that they've convinced the Boy Scouts of America to offer a merit badge for "learning about the evils of downloading pirated movies and music." One has to assume this merit badge doesn't include learning about fair use, or the promotional value of content, though, it probably does teach them the latest gibberish, doublespeak, denial and bullying techniques favored by the industry. Over at Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow runs through all of the industry's double standards over the years on intellectual property, and wonders why the Boy Scouts would let such a biased party create the conditions for a merit badge. So, are the Boy Scouts willing to let the folks around here create a merit badge in understanding the economics of digital goods? I'm sure many of our readers would be willing to help create the curriculum. Update: As plenty of people have pointed out in the comments, this is not a "merit badge" but an "activity patch" that is only good for Boy Scouts in Los Angeles. Activity patches are apparently close to meaningless, though it's still not clear why the MPAA got to create the curriculum for this particular one.

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    Chris, 23 Oct 2006 @ 9:42am

    Re: Submission Note

    Also, regardless of the mysterious inner-workings of the BSA cult aside, this shared publicity stunt also pointed out that 52,000 members would be eligible for the "patch" or "badge" or "certificate" or "award" or whatever you want to call it.

    The point isn't whether it's national or required to advance to Level 2 of Boy Scouts; it's that solely for publicity and/or financial gain, a local BSA chapter (or "state" or "division" or "den" or "hive" or "collective" or "commune" or whatever is your specific term for this) has approved a program whereby 52,000 kids will be versed in a one-sided, selective argument.

    All you BSA-defenders should really be criticizing the local BSA leaders who are allowing your accomplishments to be diluted by new farcical and fanciful activities that add nothing to your organization, not attacking people who pointing out that fact.

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