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Aflac for Affleck: The Duck Picks Argo for Best Picture

Aflac The 85th Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday night, and all eyes will be on actor/director/Bahstun accent promoter Ben Affleck as his international drama Argo vies for Best Picture (and he tries to get revenge on the Academy for failing to nominate him in the Best Director category).

We have a feeling that Ben is a little tired of strangers approaching him and yelling “Affleck!” in a poor imitation of a certain feathered insurance spokesman. Too bad–we’ve just received word from our sources on the inside that the Aflac duck (sadly no longer voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) has planned a “soup to nuts social media campaign” to promote his “phonetically favorite filmmaker” on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #Aflac4Affleck.

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Instagram No Longer Picture Perfect

If you visited Facebook today, you most likely saw at least a few friends post with utter exasperation about how they’re ditching Instagram immediately because it plans to sell personal pictures of their grandmothers making Christmas cookies to adult diaper companies. The outrage! Grab your torch and pitchfork, people–we hear Instagram is hiding at the McCoy’s house.

An alternative scenario: we could all take a deep breath and figure out what is really going on here. As usual, the truth is somewhere in the middle: Instagram does indeed have the right to use and copy your photographs, but it does not have the license to manipulate or place your content into a context that expressly endorses anything beyond your original expression.

So, those Instagram pictures of you and your girlfriend in Tijuana can’t be used—directly—in any Jose Cuervo ads. Might they appear near Jose Cuervo ads? Perhaps. But if you think you’ve seen this endorsement-by-association tactic before, you’re right: You’ve seen it on Facebook, which recently acquired Instagram for nearly $1 billion.

On Facebook, when you “Like” the band Temper Trap, the Soda Stream Machine, or the film Argo, you are making a conscious decision to tell others how you feel about particular people, products and things in life. Facebook plans to profit from your endorsements by selling them to advertisers who package and push them as “Sponsored Posts” to prospective customers within Facebook’s vast social network. This, of course, weirds people out because, although Facebook is simply promulgating established user sentiments, it is doing so when and—on a limited basis—how it wants to.

Either way, the public has a big decision to make: Are we cool with this or not? Let’s think it through.

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