Retrieved by Pat Darnell and Miss Mayan 2009
"World not ending in 2012," says NASA
Movie marketing campaign prompted rare public outcry by space agency
By Irene Klotz | updated 11:01 a.m. CT Fri. Nov 13 2009
It's all fiction, though the makers of the film "2012" may lead you to think otherwise.
"Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. A global cataclysm brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors."Film and Animation | Tags: 2012 Movie Trailer Preview, John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Roland Emmerich
" ... The lead character in the film, played by actor John Cusack, for example, is the faux author of a faux book about a murder, conspiracy and disaster aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, which, coincidentally, is poised for launch on a space station construction mission the weekend the movie debuts. (Source) "
" ... Morrison has launched a counter-attack through his "Ask An Astrobiologist" online column, which he says has gotten more than 1,000 questions about the end of the world.
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"Scientific misinformation about 2012 has been ramping up for a few years, with more than 200 books and 1,000 Web sites purporting to explain various doomsday scenarios. Sony Pictures is behind a particularly viral campaign to build publicity for its upcoming apocalyptic movie "2012," which debuts on Nov 13. (Retrieved HERE today by PDarnell)"
Warren Betts, owner of a California-based publicity firm that peddles real science stories tied to movies, says the type of marketing campaign Sony is executing for "2012" is nothing new.
"It's been done before," said Betts, citing the 1999 horror movie "The Blair Witch Project," a story about a group of amateur documentary film-makers who have a really bad couple of days in the woods. "Some people went to that movie and they thought it was reality, that it was an actual documentary," Betts said.
"I think people are really, really worried about the world coming to an end. Kids are contemplating suicide. Adults tell me they can't sleep and can't stop crying. There are people who are really, really scared," he said.
"People are very gullible," he added. "It a sad testimonial that you need NASA to tell you the world's not going to end." (ibid)