Spoof and Reality Become Harder to Tell Apart

I saw a story in my Facebook stream today and laughed out loud. People are so creative in the internet age! Spoof sites like the one in the story are proof (to me, anyway) that technology is shifting the power away from corporations and institutions and back to the people.

The site will probably be taken down soon — Facebook already thinks the link is unsafe. However, I typed it directly into my browser’s search bar and didn’t have any problems.

When you click over to the site, a letter from “YourBofA” President appears:

“Dear Fellow American,

Welcome to your Bank of America.

Today, it’s time to acknowledge that our Bank isn’t working anymore—not just for the market, but for people, our real customers. We’ve paid $8.58 billion in relief to borrowers and $3.24 billion in fines. We face lawsuits and claims from citizens, companies, and state and local governments. There is even a petition with the Federal Reserve to break up our bank, adding yet more uncertainty to our position. Finally, we’ve found ourselves front-and-center in the national foreclosure crisis, and deep in unpopular investments like coal, at a time when climate change is a growing societal concern.

As a result, our company’s shares have fallen precipitously, and now trade at one-fifth their 2008 price. Our Bank may, in fact, soon need help keeping afloat—and much as in 2008, you, the American taxpayer, will be asked to provide that assistance.

The institutions you rescued in 2008 have continued much as they always were, engaging in the same practices that brought our economy so close to collapse. To make sure that this time around, things turn out differently, we at Bank of America are launching a forum in which you, the American taxpayer, can prepare for the time that you own us. By sharing ideas, and reading and rating the ideas of others, you can begin charting a course for this Bank—your course.

And when the day comes that you, the American taxpayer, own this Bank, you will be ready to make it a Bank for America—one that brings benefits not to the privileged only, but to all of our customers, and to all of our stakeholders too.”

Welcome to your Bank of America.”

Christine here: Although this spoof is hilarious, it’s a sad testament to what’s happening in the United States.

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