Overhype

by Mike Masnick




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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    Mr. Eagle Scout and Asst. Scoutmaster, 23 Oct 2006 @ 10:39am

    Re: Re: Submission Note

    make up of the bsa

    Scout (and leaders)->patrol->troop->distric->council-> (here's where it gets fuzzy)->region->national. (check wikipedia for more detailed answer)

    but as it stands, each local troop/distric/council is allowed to hold events it believes fosters the education and growth of individuals of siad group. so yes, the council/district is right to have the "badge/patch" i know my distrit has done so. usually it's for district events such as weekend campings, religious retreats, or other activites. (all night bowl, bike rides, canoe trips...)

    and as i mentioned, yeah, the BSA can do some "questionable" things, but it's not my place to completely say they are wrong. however, i believe it is my duty to teach all spects of situations arising from BSA practices. (i.e. why homosexuallity, atheism is wrong) so while i'm upset, they are able to do as they please. and if no one will join to "level" the table, BSA is gonna have free reign.

    i'm not talking about a hostel take over, just a way of reaffirming beliefs while still letting the kids come up with questions and think for themselves.

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