The Halting Point

Monday, May 22, 2006

If you have Morgellons Disease, read this.

After the fantastic story fellow ad geek Steve Hall wrote on Ad Rants about my "investigative report" into the whole Morgellons Disease being a viral campaign for "A Scanner Darkly" thing, both his site and mine received posts from people claiming to actually have Morgellons Disease.

Now...aside from the fact that one of the comments on Steve's site seems a little fishy and the same comment is posted twice by two different people....I have to say that I think people overreacted a little bit and need to reread what I initially wrote. I specifically say that I believe it is possible that this is an existing disease that was so obscure and had such mystery around it was "hijacked" for purposes of this viral campaign.

By that I mean that they possibly added some new speculation and links to "studies". I in no way meant to imply that the disease is fictional, nor did I intend to anger anybody who is diagnosed with it. All I'm saying is that I think your disease was hijacked for marketing purposes.

Of course...who knows, maybe the people who are leaving comments are actually working for an agency....I mean, its kind of random that SEVERAL sufferers the disease all posted on Ad Rants, most within a 5 minute time span between 1:10 and 1:15 this morning. Not to mention the fact that two of the comments are the same comment but posted by different people.

And as I mentioned in the comments on the Ad Rants story, I think it might be worthwhile to see what the referral links for those IP addresses are for those who posted claiming to have the disease. I'm willing to guess that they're all from the same subnet. I mean, which is more likely....that several people with this rare and mysterious disease all suddenly post at the same time on Ad Rants....an extremely popular website amongst the very companies who do this sort of viral marketing for a living....or that someone in the industry read the story, and thought "Oh crap! If word gets out about this I'm fired! Better try to draw attention away from it...."

Anyway, again, not meaning to piss off people who actually have this disease. Having any disease sucks and my heart goes out to you. But there is a large chance this is part of a viral campaign, so I need to look at every possible angle, as we all know that there are some marketers who aren't below hijacking a disease for a marketing campaign.

12 Comments:

  • AND YOU THINK WE ARE CRAZY??? I WOULD NEVER WISH THIS ON MY MOST DESIRED PERSON. BUT IN YOUR CASE. WELL THERE IS ALWAYS AN EXCEPTION AND I AM AFRAID YOU MAY BE IT !!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/29/2006 4:37 AM  

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  • If you are interested in Morgellons Disease or experience Morgellons symptoms, I would like to invite you to participate in the Morgellons Disease Information Community and Message Board at morgellonsite.com

    By Anonymous Prichard, at 11/28/2006 9:17 PM  

  • It's real folks, no bulls hit, no marketing schemes, Morgelleons disease real and it drives you carzy, night and day.

    Hello! My name is Dewd. I think I have something going. Vicks VapoRub stops Morgelleons dead in its tracks.

    At least it has worked for the past five days. I rub Vicks on every morning when I get up and it lasts until the following morning.

    Too, when the vicks wears off, the crawlies are considerably less severe then they have been for many months.

    Here's hopin it works for you too. Dewd.

    By Anonymous Dewd, at 12/03/2006 1:23 PM  

  • I've recently been told that Morgelleons have been linked to Limes disease. they say you contract it from the bite of a tick that is infected with a bacteria derived from a plant. does anyone know about this? please share any information you may have on it.
    thank you
    A fellow morgelleons sufferer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/02/2008 11:21 AM  

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