Thursday, November 27, 2008

CARET controversy continues.. Hoax or not?

image The Internet controversy continues as to the authenticity of the documents and info provided by the person (?) with the alias Isaac. Here is his page, which is quite informative, and well written IMHO.

This thing has taken such proportions in the confined and claustrophobic internet spaces that Alienware, a hardware company, has adopted some of it's riddles and design in it's marketing campaign, leading many people to believe that "Isaac" had ripped them off the campaign. It reached Alienware of cource, who rushed to clarify that they where the ones ripping off the content, and that they hold no intellectual property or copyright over the materials.

The Alienware mail as well as some history can be found here.

Are you convinced that it is a hoax? Am I?

I still think it is a very elaborate piece of work, not to mention tasteful and well designed. Users of the above forum claim that some of the elements of the craft and objects can be found in public 3D libraries. Yes, but which appeared first? I fear that is a question not even Google can answer...

And, last but not least, why hasn't the person who put this thing together (assuming someone on earth has) come forward to claim the glory? Nobody would cause such a stir and then sit quietly and wait for it to die down.. Or would they?

Tons of parameters here: artistry, ego, work, fame, bullshit, ridicule, and the list goes on.

Just like life...


Trained Observer said...

The CARET material was in the latest episode of Sarah Conner on FOX. It would be interesting to know what FOX did to ensure they weren't going to be sued by the creators.

Illuminatus said...

I haven't seen it, but my first reaction is that they would very much like to be sued. Using elements from the public domain is their best defense, and after all, there's no such thing as bad publicity.. Right?