This story had everyone’s attention in 2009. Attention that soon turned to outrage for causing us to be fooled into believing such a wild story. Despite being outraged, the Richard and Mayumi Heene Balloon Boy Hoax was also something both we and the news channels needed to keep viewers viewing, advertisers advertising, and twitters twittering.
With the hype over the Michael Jackson death and funeral nearing an end, and the All Exclusive interviews with MJ doctors and friends losing their appeal, news channels needed something to keep viewers watching their show. The Balloon Boy Hoax fit perfectly into their needs – Yes, we NEEDED something like that – a topic we wanted to read about, watch, and post on Twitter – and we are sure you did one or ALL THREE of those things, didn’t you?
Just think of all the advertising that occurred while you were glued to the television to see the latest in the hoax – the iPod commercial telling you that you MUST get the new iPod, Verizon with the Ap for That, and Ford F-150 Truck you NEED to have. Buy! Buy! Buy!
How boring would the news be if there weren’t moronic parents like Richard and Mayumi Henne to keep us watching and twittering for weeks, while we wait for some other shocking news story or tragic drug related death. News stories like this are always more popular than the ‘Lost da Vinci art found in Attic‘ type of news.
Note to moronic parents: Plan your activities accordingly! Check the news to be sure a celebrity or athlete hasn’t recently done something shockingly bad to hog the news. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
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