Sunday, August 09, 2009

New Video Exposing Overpopulation Myths gains Traction, Hate From Opponents

by Colin Mason
August 4, 2009 Note: Colin Mason is the director of media production for the Population Research Institute, an organization that tracks population issues and monitors abortion and demographics on an international scale.

Have you seen this video yet?

As of Monday, the first episode in PRI's mini-cartoon series, entitled “Overpopulation: The Making of a Myth,” had garnered over 27,000 views. Of course, anything less than a million views is not a landslide by YouTube standards, but this healthy (and steadily growing) number represents real interest—interest that is being fed by dozens of blogs and web sites that have picked up the video for a variety of reasons.

It also represents a personal best for PRI. Since we started producing videos back in 2006, nothing we have done has garnered so much attention so quickly. Most of the credit for this goes to the video's primary architect, PRI's Joseph Powell, who wrote, narrated, and animated the video himself.

The video's rising numbers—and the raging “flame wars” in its comments section—prove that it has struck a nerve with people on the other side of the aisle. A rant-inducing, hate-mail-producing kind of nerve.

To me, that in itself seems like a kind of victory. Pro-lifers are used to being marginalized, ignored, or ridiculed by members of the Leftist elite. We're used to our videos and literature being laughed off or simply ignored. So it's nice that our video has created such a stir.

And what a stir it has been.

Within hours of posting the video, the emails and comments began to fly in with a vengeance. Our critics insulted our math and accused us of making up our facts; this despite the fact that the video's science is very clearly laid out at Read more.

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