Okay, I was buffaloed by Nike propaganda? WTF?

Here we have this nice philanthropic website from Nike Foundation:
http://www.nikefoundation.org/ which I bought into.

Then this was brought to my attention:
http://www.oxfam.org.au/campaigns/labour-rights/nikewatch/

So, WTF? I'm pissed at myself for being duped by Nike's "Public Diplomacy" efforts, and I am now posting this blog to bring attention to this crap in an effort to redeem my previous ignorance.

All comments are definitely welcome.

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Comment by Little Name Atheist on March 13, 2009 at 12:59am
hahahaha! I see that too!
Comment by Mike Haynes on March 9, 2009 at 9:23pm
I'm laughing now! Nike ads are showing up at the right under Bill Payers!
Comment by Little Name Atheist on March 9, 2009 at 2:56pm
Good on ya, Mike. Please commence the non-self-flagellation. I've been duped, too.

Don't we have a community here on AN to educate ourselves about how propaganda works? Yes... we do. it's called "Progaganda"
Comment by Mike Haynes on March 8, 2009 at 10:42pm
Thanks all. True, the message is a good one. I'm just irked that Nike is using it to make themselves look better in the world view.
Comment by Creature on March 8, 2009 at 7:33pm
It's okay to support the message in the video. Just don't send them a cent.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on March 8, 2009 at 2:47am
You're definitely not alone - if you read some of the comments on YouTube you'll feel a lot better. There are people flaming posters defending Nike Foundation because they sincerely believe it isn't really Nike Inc.

This definitely is foul propaganda though. The tax exempt status really peeves me - this whitewash of their reputation probably isn't costing them a cent. In fact, they're probably making a profit by abusing tax law to blow out tax credits with the aid of some creative accounting. If you're ever stuck for an example of evil, this is it.
Comment by Pengiko on March 8, 2009 at 12:56am
Hi Mike, don't be so hard on yourself. I saw the add, and I liked it very much up to the point where that Nike sign appeared... then I felt tremendously disappointed for a second. I know about the bad reputation that such company has. But I said to myself that even though it was something coming from Nike, it was a good message and if we can separate the message from the source and focus only on it, we can see it makes a good point.

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