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HTML? Can it be cured?
« on: Thursday, 06 March, 2014 @ 02:00:45 »
One in 10 Americans think HTML is a sexually-transmitted disease, study finds

If one in 10 Americans are to be believed, reading this web page will leave you in need of an urgent trip to the doctor.

A recent study has found that many Americans are not up to speed on technical jargon, mistaking markup language used to created web pages with an STD.

Other findings include:

15% thought 'software' is comfortable clothing
18% identified 'Blu-ray' as a marine animal
27% imagine a 'gigabyte' to be an insect found in South America

Similar articles have appeared on many news websites but it appears it could be a load of b*ll*x, nothing more than a PR stunt for a voucher company:

The Los Angeles Times reported today on a UK coupon website's survey of Americans saying that 1 out of 10 Americans thought HTML is an STD (sexually transmitted disease).

After a little digging into websites for the coupon and its publicity firm, which sent a press release about the survey to the Los Angeles Times reporter, iMediaEthics found cause for concern. Vouchercloud's publicity firm, 10 Yetis PR, lists its work in viral marketing and stunts on its website.

The Los Angeles Times not only didn't publish a link to the survey, but its reporter told iMediaEthics that he didn't actually see the survey that served as the basis of his article.

So is there even a survey? ...why did the media publish a report on a survey that wasn't seen? Instead of some hard data, just a few results of the alleged survey were provided via a press release from a firm that admits on its website it will create "fake protests and flash mobs."