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Games to Fight Ebola

Background Information
This is a video news release produced by the Voice of America (VOA), the U.S. propaganda agency. Members of the board game community are engaged in raising money to support Ebola, showing that even small actions can make a difference.
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This is propaganda because
This video is designed to show ordinary Americans combining play and fundraising for a good cause. It's probably beneficial but it could be interpreted as harmful if it makes Americans seem superficial and self-absorbed.

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    Joseph Jarret Zach
    Wed, 10/18/2017 - 02:43
    Joseph Jarret Zach
    The man was just trying to sell his game. They never once mentioned a way to donate straight to the organization without having to buy the game. They never mentioned the game was non-profit, so i assume only a small percent of the money went to help the organization. There was also no direct link mentioned to help the organization itself.
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    Group 4- Citizens of the United States
    Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:57
    Group 4- Citizens of the United States
    As tax payers we would rather have the money that went towards making the game be used to appeal to a larger audience rather than the just the Board gaming community. We appreciate that the V.O.A is advocating for those in need and spreading awareness for such an important issue, but how is the money reaching those truly in need? How much of the profit from the board game is be donated to those who are suffering from Ebola?
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    Group 1 (Voice of America)
    Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:56
    Group 1 (Voice of America)
    This video is not to offend anyone but we made this video to raise awareness, raise money, and educate about the Ebola virus that is spreading. The money is going towards the doctors without borders and we want people to have the opportunity to do something and donate money while they play the board game.
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    What I Think
    Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:33
    What I Think
    I interpreted this video as a man trying to sell his board game, but also help people. He probably thinks that no one will buy it unless the money goes to a good cause, but it is nice, overall, that he’s trying to help people.
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    Group 4- Citizens of the United States
    Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:57
    Group 4- Citizens of the United States
    As tax payers we would rather have the money that went towards making the game be used to appeal to a larger audience rather than the just the Board gaming community. We appreciate that the V.O.A is advocating for those in need and spreading awareness for such an important issue, but how is the money reaching those truly in need? How much of the profit from the board game is be donated to those who are suffering from Ebola?
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    Group 3 Doctors & Medical Community
    Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:57
    Group 3 Doctors & Medical Community
    We do appreciate the money being raised however, at the same time we take some offense from the game. People sit in the cafe thinking by playing a board game it can make you understand what we go through and how hard we work. Even starting by saying "A Doctors Nightmare" while moving pieces on a board while you enjoy your food & coffee. The over simplifying of our job and what we go through is the biggest problem we have of the portrayal of the game.
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    Group 2-Citizens of Sierra Leone
    Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:01
    Group 2-Citizens of Sierra Leone
    As a citizen of Sierra Leon I find the video highly offensive to my people. Because we are out here with people dying and being sick from this horrible disease. help fight Ebola in our country. this horrible epidemic. While I think it is fantastic that you are donating money to help fight Ebola in our country. How much of a difference is this making while you sit in a cafe enjoying brunch while we suffer. Ebola is such a deleterious disease and perhaps more action could be taken to people fighting this illness. I wonder if people sitting in a warm cafe drinking a hot latte playing other board games do they really care. I wonder if the U.S government is sending aid and helping us here. That would certainly be a more effective way of combating this disease. We need help. In my life I don't have time for a board game since I must work for my family.
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    Raging Rabits
    Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:51
    Raging Rabits
    We think that its stupid because they take are tax money and play bored games all day and the should be putting the money in to reseach. I don't want my hard earnd money to go in to doctors play bored games insted of reseach.
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    Group 3
    Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:51
    Group 3
    As members of the medical community, we find this video to be one with pure intentions, though one that might be interpreted in a negative light. While this oversimplifies the issue and the work that goes into combating it, it also brings a great deal of awareness to our attempts at treatment. It is also raising a decent sum of donations to assist us in our research.
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    Group 2
    Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:51
    Group 2
    As citizens of Sierra Leone, we think that "Voice of America" is making fun of us with this video. We have some very serious problems, but they are mocking us by playing a board game. They use us for Popularity, and money. Instead of spending money to make an advertisement, why don't they just send it to us so we can upgrade our medical system, so we can manage our diseases and save lives. Do you really think that bored games help us? You guy's are wasting your precious time. Meanwhile our children are dying daily due to this disease. So instead of playing games please help and donate to save lives.
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    group #1
    Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:51
    group #1
    This video is excellent! It shows excellent format and video technology. We worked very hard on this and we made people proud and with the money you donate we will cure Ebola. Please buy this game, it is supper fun once you get the hang of it and you will be donating to a great cause. With every board game purchased thirty dollars goes towards a cure for the epidemic. "this game is lit" said one ten year kid after playing this game. We have sold over 300 copies of this game and more to come. Once again please donate to our cause it is beneficial to the world.
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    group 1
    Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:52
    group 1
    we made this video to raise awareness for ebola. We wanted to do this to raise money for the people who have caught the cold. We wanted to raise the money for the doctors without borders in a fun efficient way. Everyone can enjoy this because who doesn't love board games. The board game cafés are raising a lot of money and awareness all over the world which makes us creators very happy. Were sorry if our video offended anybody, that was not our intention. Thanks for watching the video.
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    Group 4 Citizens of the united states
    Tue, 09/18/2018 - 18:55
    Group 4 Citizens of the united states
    we think that its stupid as the citizen of the US because how do we know that the money actually goes to where they say it does. and the money that we get taxed are going tho a video and not other things like something for the city
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    Group 4 The Americans
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 19:08
    Group 4 The Americans
    Instead of us sending our money to Africa we will be keeping it and using it to build a military empire, sending money there is a waste, we have so much we need to do with our money! The wall must be finished and we got to spend our own moolah! There are other countries that can help Africa and we dont need to!
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    Doctors
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 19:08
    Doctors
    As certified doctors we thank you for the generous donation to Ebola. We'd prefer you to learn more information about Ebola and not just advertising your board game. There's way more to Ebola then you think and you don't know better than us.
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    Group 2 Citizens of Sierra Leone
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 19:09
    Group 2 Citizens of Sierra Leone
    We, the citizens of Sierra Leone are disgusted by this video. The fact that you are using a terrible tragedy and thousands of deaths to make money for your company and promote your product is sickening. Our medical system is struggling to manage this disease yet you are playing board games while we are fighting to survive.
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    voice of america
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 19:09
    voice of america
    this video is the best thing to make a donation to ebola. this is a great cause keep playing the game guys to raise more money for ebola. this video is also preventing ebola cause we are donating money to doctors to help find a cure
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    Doctors and Medical Community
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 19:10
    Doctors and Medical Community
    We think as doctors, it's good that people are raising money to support Ebola. We also think it's not very kind to people in Africa who actually have Ebola, because the disease is a serious matter and it's not a game to joke about.
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    the voice of america
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 19:11
    the voice of america
    we are so glad to be able to help such a needy cause by playing such an amazing game, that will help cure the tragic disease of ebola. This game has made a wonderful impact on the suffering victoms in africa. you can purchase this game at your local whole foods, wallmart, target, toys r us, chapters, home depot, and dollarama.
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    us citizens
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:32
    us citizens
    The people from America don't want to buy your guys's board game anymore. How do we know our money is going directly to the cause you say it is? We are tired of spending money if it could be a complete scam. Its not making many sales at all in America, thanks for reading this, now get your stuff together and get outta here.
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    doctors in the border
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:35
    doctors in the border
    It is not funny to make fun of people with this illness. Stop using an illness to add advertisement to your product. As doctors we do not approve of this video or your facts.
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    doctors in the border
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:35
    doctors in the border
    It is not funny to make fun of people with this illness. Stop using an illness to add advertisement to your product. As doctors we do not approve of this video or your facts.
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    Citizens of Sierra Leone
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:35
    Citizens of Sierra Leone
    As a victim of this disease i find this video extremely offensive to my people. i think you are not taking this seriously, all you want to do is sell your worthless board game. You are tricking your people to think that you are doing the right thing
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    group 2
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:37
    group 2
    WE THINK THIS IS STUPID AF!!! a game for ebola?! we think u guys are making fun of ebola tbh that's not funny ebola is serious than u guys think it's very bad and a lot of our people are suffering really bad but u guys are making fun of it by playing a game and you want people to buy ur game?! do you guys rlly think ur bored games can help us?! NO! srry not srry but we dont need ur help!!
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    voice of america
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:38
    voice of america
    this video was very inspiring and made me want to play the game. We loved the fact that you can get involved as well as doing something you enjoy, the best part is that all the proceeds go to Ebola. we are constantly making more and more board games so that we can keep helping people with Ebola.
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    voice of america
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:38
    voice of america
    this video was very inspiring and made me want to play the game. We loved the fact that you can get involved as well as doing something you enjoy, the best part is that all the proceeds go to Ebola. we are constantly making more and more board games so that we can keep helping people with Ebola.
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    Group One
    Wed, 09/26/2018 - 20:39
    Group One
    As the Voice of America, we believe that this game is both educational and beneficial. To people around the world of all ages. It teaches them the importance of spreading the word about diseases around the world. Buy the game, to make a change.

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