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The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment 267

theodp writes "Having fooled major news outlets with a heartwarming-but-entirely-faked video of a pig rescuing a drowning goat, Nathan Fielder turned his attention to texting. CNET reports on the great Twitter 'text-your-parents-you're-a-drug-dealer' experiment, in which the Fielder called on his Twitter followers to text their moms and dads and (accidentally) reveal a drug deal. Fielder's tweet read: 'Experiment: text your parents "got 2 grams for $40" then right after "Sorry ignore that txt. Not for you." Then tweet pic of their response.' The reactions are various and, sometimes, hilarious."
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The Text-Your-Parents-Your-Drug-Deal Experiment

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  • by bytesex ( 112972 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @01:50PM (#43568431) Homepage

    In the United Paranoid States.

    • by stevegee58 ( 1179505 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:16PM (#43568633) Journal
      to the ones who gave you life.
      • by Intrepid imaginaut ( 1970940 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:43PM (#43568779)

        Ah come on, what sort of a relationship do you have with your family if you can't play a little prank on them from time to time.

        • by Rob the Bold ( 788862 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:54PM (#43568843)

          Ah come on, what sort of a relationship do you have with your family if you can't play a little prank on them from time to time.

          Perhaps the kind of relationship where one or more of the parties is under the care of a cardiologist.

        • by erice ( 13380 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @03:08PM (#43568933) Homepage

          Ah come on, what sort of a relationship do you have with your family if you can't play a little prank on them from time to time.

          Probably the kind where the parents can not entirely dismiss the notion that their child may be doing something quite serious that they don't know about. In other words: virtually every parent of a teenager who is honest with themselves.

        • by QuasiSteve ( 2042606 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @04:09PM (#43569363)

          ...makes me think of punk'd, to be honest.

          Remember when there were good prank shows?
          When you'd have a desk clerk do a quick change act between tending to a customer and seeing them slowly wonder "wasn't she wearing a red shirt just a moment ago? Hold on, I swear she was a brunette!". Or perhaps one of the greatest pranks, switching a regular car for its UK equivalent in mere minutes, moving the person's every possession, then watch as they come back, get into 'their' car, try to start, and suddenly realize the ignition they tried to put the key in is actually thin air and wonder just wtf happened.

          Now it seems it's a 'better' prank if you take the same car and bash its windows in in front of the person, then quickly run up to them with a camera in their face telling them how they were had because the celebrity victim is about to call the cops in on the situation - and being a celebrity, they have little choice but to react 'like a good sport' because who wants to be deemed the sourpuss?

          No, I don't see what's funny about this. Nor newsworthy; Jimmy Kimmel has put up prank challenges and asks viewer to YouTube them for some time now. I'm sure he wasn't the first either.

          What's next? "Text your mother 'Mama, just killed a man' and post their replies"? You know, 'cos that's hilarious - and if found otherwise just claim it's a sociological experiment to see how many pranksters' moms know Bohemian Rhapsody. 'cos the text in this story clearly doesn't refer to drugs either (I'm sure he ran that by legal).

          • by gmack ( 197796 )

            Not everything is MTV and there still are good prank shows. On TV here is Just for Laughs [] who specialize in harmless pranks (although the Busted for prostitution [] prank was a bit mean. If you like mind bending check Disappearing Blond []

          • by FatLittleMonkey ( 1341387 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @10:57PM (#43571703)

            Most "pranks" just seem to be forms of bullying. They only work because there's an asymmetrical power relationship, those in a position of power "pranking" those in a position of weakness.

            [I saw this illustrated in Punk'd. The crew tried to prank Ashton Kutcher himself. He responded by "pretending" to throw a tantrum and fire the crew involved. Then "ha ha, only joking" revealed that he knew he'd been set up and was just turning the tables... However, what I saw (both in the reactions of the crew, and in Kutcher's braying "ha ha! I am the master! You don't Punk me, I Punk you!") was a thin-skinned bully demonstrating his power over those weaker than him. He showed them that he could, in fact, destroy their livelihoods if he chose to, and they continue purely because he decided to be a "good sport".

            By contrast, while I's not a fan of Jackass, it does seem like they have a culture where they genuinely mutually prank each other; however painful/violent the pranks, it's not coming from the more powerful against the weaker. The dwarf is just as likely to do something to the star as the reverse, and the reaction of the rest of the crew (including the star) is of appreciation of the prank. 180 degrees from Kutcher's reaction.]

      • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @03:02PM (#43568897) Homepage Journal

        "Not to mention not nice to the ones who gave you life."

        Seriously? I just emailed the link to my son, telling him that I wanted to watch from the sidelines when he texted his mother. Are you suggesting that I am not nice?

      • by Hatta ( 162192 )

        I know. What if they want some and you can't come through for them?

      • Like I owe something to my parents. Weird thinking you got there, buddy.

        I'm more someone who loves them.

  • by hedwards ( 940851 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @01:51PM (#43568435)

    Now these people know that their children are morons.

    • Or just acting childish...oh wait a second... In all seriousness, i wonder if this got started due to someone accidentally texting their parents about a drug deal. ;)
    • by marcello_dl ( 667940 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @01:53PM (#43568461) Homepage Journal


      And while the standard moron often shows initiative, these ones are "obeying morons", the duller subset.

      Come on, make your parents regret having had you.


      • I suppose you've never retold a funny joke you heard or taken part in a prank someone else came up with.
        • Of course I have. But, not being an idiot, I know the difference between "a joke", "a prank" and "an incredibly stupid and cruel prank."

    • 'I think I just ruined my mom's night,' a man from New York tweeted him back while showing a profanity-laced message from his mother who asked if he 'wanted' to go back to jail.

      Seems some "kids" just got no sense.

      • Yeah, kind of inherent in this sort of thing is that it might be a little funny if you're a straight-A student who's known for being uptight, but if you're actually a former drug dealer, it's not funny at all.
    • If our parents didn't know we were morons already, then I'm not sure why they'd catch on NOW. Also, don't call me a child, I'm 30.

      My dad's reaction was a bit muted. I think had it not been for concern for his grandson's welfare, he wouldn't have bothered responding.
  • Slashdork (Score:4, Informative)

    by VortexCortex ( 1117377 ) <(VortexCortex) ( ...> on Saturday April 27, 2013 @01:53PM (#43568459)

    News for tards. Ass that blathers.

  • by roc97007 ( 608802 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:00PM (#43568513) Journal

    Geeks need t' lighten up.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Macthorpe ( 960048 )

      I'll lighten up, if you can explain to me what's funny about telling your parents that you're a drug addict and a criminal.

      • by Cwix ( 1671282 )

        Umm the reaction is funny?

        • by Chryana ( 708485 )

          Different people find different things funny. Personally, I thought the replies were depressingly boring. "I'm coming to pick you up from school right now!" Yawn.

      • Your reaction. Seriously...

      • by foreverdisillusioned ( 763799 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @05:10PM (#43569883) Journal
        Without commenting on the merits of this as a practical joke, I think there is obvious value in this as a social experiment(of questionable ethics, maybe) going by nothing but your response, disturbingly modded up to +5 insightful.

        If you are incapable of distinguishing between drug use and drug addiction (which itself is completely distinct from physical dependency), that speaks volumes. Especially since you do not, presumably, call people who occasionally drink or who take prescription psychoactive drugs "addicts". That you seem to imply shame in *being* a criminal, instead of emphasizing the perfectly reasonable worry a parent might feel about their child being arrested, is also telling. Presumably you do not attach the same level of inherent shame in, say, occasionally driving 45 MPH in a 35 zone? Yet that also makes you a lawbreaker (if you want to quibble over infractions vs. misdemeanors vs. felonies, I am sure I could come up with instances of the latter that are similarly widespread), in addition to endangering more lives than merely your own.

        The very fact so many people are calling this not funny, dangerous, and/or cruel speaks volumes about how sociologically (and morally) damaging this 'war' has been.
      • Drug user does not equal drug addict.

        Criminal.. who the fuck cares? We are ALL criminals, most of us simply are never caught (or aware) of the crimes we commit. Our current President smoked pot and did blow. Our last president never said a word -- but realistically, we all know he did blow, and almost assuredly smoked pot, too (and I actually can respect him for never answering that question). The President before that smoked pot, said he didn't inhale (which I can't really respect -- if you don't wa

    • Geeks need t' lighten up.

      You're correct. Not that way though. It was just an observation. I mean, if there's no conclusion or hypothesis that doesn't mean you can't call it an experiment, but you're a fucking moron if you do.

    • Geeks need t' lighten up.

      Geeks need t' light one up.

      I know some parents who would text back something like:

      "The police chief's son has better stuff and prices."

      "Did I forget to tell you that you were adopted?"

      "Well, then you must have time to come visit this weekend!"

      I also know some parents who would not understand such a prank at all. I think most kids would know their parents well enough to decide to whether to go along with this prank or not.

      • by X.25 ( 255792 )

        I also know some parents who would not understand such a prank at all. I think most kids would know their parents well enough to decide to whether to go along with this prank or not.

        If you think this is a "prank", you really haven't learned anything in life.

  • by nd ( 20186 ) <nacase AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:01PM (#43568519) Homepage

    Why are all the screenshots from iPhones?

    Android phones account for 51.2% of smartphone sales, with iPhones trailing at 43.5% [1].

    So how likely is it that out of a sample of 10 screenshots, all 10 of them would be from iPhones? Seems suspicious.

    [1] []

  • Because (Score:5, Insightful)

    by dreamchaser ( 49529 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:02PM (#43568531) Homepage Journal

    Because encouraging kids to lie to their parents is a good thing. Causing family stress is a good thing. What a stupid idea. Kids lie enough and cause enough stress as it is.

  • by loufoque ( 1400831 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:04PM (#43568545)

    ... The FBI has dismantled a large network of drug dealers apparently led by a man named Nathan Fielder. Having failed to secure the drugs, the FBI has seized their computers instead to examine possible connections with other drug dealing groups.

  • really? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SpeZek ( 970136 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:07PM (#43568563) Journal

    I've never actually done a comment like this, where I go "Oh come on Slashdot, what is this and why is it here?"

    But come on Slashdot, why is this here?

    News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters.

    • This is a bit of performance art and comedy using the internet and its social networking capabilities. Since it demonstrates a novel use of the internet, this type of thing would have been relevant content in the earlier days of slashdot. Now, however, it is just another type of bog standard performance art and probably doesn't belong here.
    • Re:really? (Score:5, Funny)

      by Al Al Cool J ( 234559 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @04:13PM (#43569395)

      "got 2 grams for $40" - the story is really about the US adopting the metric system

    • by Xemu ( 50595 )

      I've never actually done a comment like this, where I go "Oh come on Slashdot, what is this and why is it here?"

      But come on Slashdot, why is this here?

      News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters.

      Y combinator Hacker News are a good alternative site with no lame drug stories. []

    • News for Nerds, Stuff that Matters.

      Because it is news for nerds. Note the set is boolean OR not AND, although I'm going to make a case that it "matters" too.

      People send texts to the wrong recipients all the time, it is inherent in the technology. Using that technological failure as a sort of comedic performance art is news - at least to me, I haven't seen something like that before.

      Hell, I wouldn't be surprised to see this show up on the venerable Risks Digest because it has computer-related risk all over it. Fundamentally it is an exploi

  • It's time for readers to start making more good story submissions, or this is what you get. Don't complain - find a story.

  • by dontbemad ( 2683011 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @02:08PM (#43568571)
    I personally have made it a point to NEVER believe any sort of screenshots I see on the internet, ESPECIALLY ones from an iPhone or really any Mobile platform. These "hilarious auto-correct mistakes", "crazy responses to accidental messages", or "super funny drunk texts" are almost always faked. There are several sites where one can create these messages in very believable looking screenshots ( for one). Why this is posted to /. as news is troubling to me.
    • I've made it a point not to believe stories told by stand-up comedians, do you know that some of that stuff is made up? Seriously.
  • That said, if I did that, I wouldn't EVER shake off the suspicion that I'm involved in drugs off my batshit family. I remember I had the envelope a cheapola chromatic harmonica was mailed to me in lying around, a family member misread the stuff as hormones, and suspected me of taking drugs or illicit supplements or shit. Needless to say, they couldn't understand why I felt utterly insulted by the assertion. Mind you, I was a legal adult at the time.
  • At the worst, this is another faked-up story by the person who faked some other story, having no merits, making it completely un-funny, and effectively lowering /.'s common denominator.

    At the best, it's an unfunny idea that, if it was met with participation after all, is a testament to how stupid the originator is as well as all of the people who went along with it.

    I don't see how this kind of bullshit ever converges with the function of Slashdot, anywhere. Especially since its endpoints on the line of qual

  • Those texting accidents are more serious when you mix up WhatsApp with iMessage and tell the "wrong girlfriend" that you are ready to meet her at 20:00 while your girlfriend believes you are learning for a test.

  • by Tolvor ( 579446 ) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @08:33PM (#43571119)

    I'm in my 30s and thankfully both my parents are still alive. With the small insight my age has given me I am increasingly grateful for the endless s*** my parents had to put up with (which I'm not going to list). My parents are nice enough to not rub it in my face now that I'm somewhat wiser, and in return I try to demonstrate that maybe I learned from it.

    Now days if I get a call from my parents wondering if I could look at their PC and fix it, or teach them (again) how to use MS Word templates, or needs ANYTHING, no problem - I am there. I don't say "I'm kinda busy, and my kids have the flu..." (Cat's in the Cradle (no I don't have kids, I read slashdot)). I do it with a smile. My Mom says she would appreciate it if I would call more often, like once a week, I call, even if I don't really have anything interesting to tell. Because she asked.

    Doing this false drug prank would be the worst kind of crass. It is taking the love and concern that a loving parent has for you, mocking it, and using it against them to cause them worry, concern, and pain. Then saying "Ha ha!! Just a joke. Got you!!!"

    Kids now days... Did I just say that? Geez I'm getting old...

  • Congrats soulskill (Score:3, Insightful)

    by themusicgod1 ( 241799 ) <> on Saturday April 27, 2013 @09:05PM (#43571271) Homepage Journal
    You have been excluded. I haven't done that to a /. editor in years. But this is NOT news for nerds that matters.

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter