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Microsoft At It Again: On the Art (?) of Disinformation–Telling the Big Lie

Published May 17th, 2006 - On the Art (?) of Disinformation: telling the Big Lie Here's a guy who sounds as fed up by Microsoft's continual disinformation tactics as I am. He's making the same argument I have made to family and friends for awhile now... namely, that Microsoft really is using the propaganda tactics made famous in a little book from the 1920's called Mein Kampf. The "big lie" became a famous propaganda technique through its use by the Nazis in World War II. As Hitler explained in Mein Kampf,
in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.

I have felt for a long time now that Microsoft has, either consciously or unconsciously, adopted the Big Lie tactic as standard operating procedure in its business competition, and distressingly it seems to have paid off for them. Many Microsoft fans are fans merely by virtue of Microsoft's success rather than because of the value of Microsoft's contribution to computing, and they, like Hitler's masses, simply will not believe anyone who tells them that the company has lied about anything important.

This article pertains to Microsoft's latest series of Big Lies about the open source "movement," which the company rightly recognizes to be a major threat to its dominance. Microsoft is a company that will not hesitate to lie about anything in order to win a battle, and it seems that the bigger the lie, the better. This is nothing new, of course. Microsoft told so many lies just during its antitrust trial that it would be an interesting project to document them.

Perhaps if enough people like this blogger from take the time to call Microsoft on its lies, some Microsoft fans will start to think twice about their blind allegiance to the company and begin recognizing lies when they occur.

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