Mitsubishi, C-Span and Unintended Conseqences (Or How Not To Get Laid)


True Story

Back in my 20's when I was working at a radio station and owned a nightclub, George Fisher (one of the station djs) bought himself a Mitsubishi Eclipse.

He drove it off the lot directly to the radio station.

Since he had to go on the air I begged him to let me take it to my club. He of course said no.

But I was persistant and though he had owned the car less than an hour he let me take it.

Of course I wrecked it.

No, I totalled it.

And though the accident wasn't my fault George wasn't happy.

Flash Forward 3 years.

I'm at a nightclub in Texas talking to some chick in some red killer boots. And though I'm very married I'm laying my best rap down. When I tell her my name she stops me and asked me to repeat it.

No problem. I do have a unique name.

"Hey, are you the same Prince Campbell who wrecked George Fisher's car?"

3 years and 500 miles later I am given a lesson in unintended consequences, viral marketing and personal brand control. 

Which brings me to C-Span.

On the surface the company using words like enforcing our copyright seems normal. But something was bugging me.

You see C-Span is a non-profit organization paid for by cable companies. C-SPAN receives no government funding; operations are funded by fees paid by cable and satellite affiliates who carry C-SPAN programming.

In a round about about way, we are paying for it.

Now the goal of C-Span is to provide public access to the political process.

Isn't limiting access to to their video going against their mission?

I have no problem with them selling the videos but to strip it out of the public hands (i.e. YouTube and iFilm) to send all traffic to a huge multinational corporation (no matter how not evil they are) strikes me as disengenious.

The timing is odd. Clips of the video has been circulating for a while now. Obviously they decided to capitalize on the popularity and sell some vids. Then some corporate numbskull decided that they should stop folks from looking a clip where and when they want.

How 1997.

So much for public access.

C-Span is going to be hurt by this. Maybe not today. But later on in the future I guarantee it.

George Fisher told me.

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14 Comments on “Mitsubishi, C-Span and Unintended Conseqences (Or How Not To Get Laid)”

  1. Diane Ensey Says:

    Instead of brainstorming a new way to use the video themselves, creating even more buzz, they take control for the money’s sake. I agree – it is already being passed around – they are a little behind the 8-ball…except… for the majority of American who haven’t seen the video online, wouldn’t know how to see it online and would spend money to purchase a copy. There is another audience out there!

  2. Brian Says:

    Here’s how to get laid:

    “Yeah, I had to wreck that Mitsubishi. But my Ferrari out back is just fine.”

  3. Mr Angry Says:

    The constant grabbing in the name of copyright is really pissing me off. C-SPAN should just be honest and say “this is our boneheaded way of trying to maximise our profit from this episode.” Anything else isn’t disingenuous – it’s lying. I also think they’re incorrect – I believe the wider the knowledge of the video is, the more dvds they will sell. So they’re halfway to understanding. Who knows, maybe they’ll get further one day.

  4. chartreuse Says:

    I’m glad to see I’m not alone in my thinking of this. It just doesn’t feel right.

    And I tried that Ferrari thing, but then the girl would eventually be upset when I led them to my Escort.

  5. PinPoint Says:

    We’re singing the same tune. It’s a matter of simply not understanding viral. It’s really kind of embarrassing (though 1997 gets me a little nostalgic).

  6. Liz Strauss Says:

    It seems that the part people don’t get is the tie between emotions and viral. I have to CARE to pass something along. So if I can get my CORE audience to get invested they have the power to make an idea infectious for a very long time.

  7. candice Says:

    Mmm. Ferraris. That only works if the guy has one, though, (and for me, only if I get to drive it.) One of my ex-boyfriends once said to me, “You know, you’re lucky, I’m sure you can convince some guy to go in on a Ferrari with you. Me, I can see myself one day going, ‘Honey, you know that white picket fence you wanted? what if it comes in ferrari red?'”

  8. chartreuse Says:

    funny candice.
    the only reason guys buy cool cars is to impress chicks.

  9. Anthony Says:

    I remember reading the funniest consumer behavior study based on why guys buy cars and tested girls reactions to a Datsun (old beat up 70’s Nissan), Ford (modern family car) and Ferrari (red and brand spanking new). Girls thought the guy in the Ferrari was a wanker, guy in the Ford married and the guy in the Datsun got 15 phone numbers because it made the girls smile/laugh.

    The c-span thing is crazy. You just need to search Live Journal and Myspace for Colbert. It exposed c-span to an entire new audience. They should be using this as their “in”.

  10. Diane Ensey Says:

    Hey – I drove a Datsun 210 wagon in High School and College. That thing ran like a top, held tons of people and when the back seats were down it made into a passable double bed .

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