Amazon Announces Future Plans to Use Drones, Conspiracy Theorists Ridiculously Lose Their Minds

amazon-droneI swear, sometimes people are so incredibly gullible it’s just sad.  Now I get emotional reactions to things.  I’ve been guilty of reacting emotionally to certain situations.  But sometimes people just really need to use their heads just a bit more.

By now, many of you have undoubtedly heard about the “ambitious” plan by Amazon.com to potentially use small package-delivering drones in the future to deliver orders the same day, shortly after they’re placed.  It’s something that seems straight out of a too-good-to-be-true science fiction movie.

Just imagine, that hot ticket item you really want, being delivered to your door by a drone almost immediately after you’ve placed your order.

And man, this news sure brought out the wacko conspiracy theorists who were quick to prove their ignorance.  Here’s several comments I pulled from stories about Amazon’s plan:

“Hey amazon, please fly one over my property because if your not at legal altitude your fair game for my shotgun!”

“Who will control them? What if our enemies decide to disguise one with a dirty bomb?”

“How long will it take the NSA to get Amazon to let them put cameras on these drones?”

“Invasion of privacy …. im sure they have cams on them , Probably live feed cams , Just my thoughts….”

Trust me, there were plenty more.

And you know somebody from Alex Jones’ ridiculous conspiracy website had to chime in, saying:

One solution to the problem of parcels or the drone itself being stolen is to install surveillance cameras on the devices, an idea that is certain to cause a privacy uproar as we move closer to 2015, which is the date when FAA rules governing the use of drones on a widespread basis are expected to be implemented.

But of course.  This is just a scheme to unleash drones on our society so that surveillance equipment can be attached and used to spy on people.  Honestly, from them, this is pretty tame.  I was half expecting some kind of, “this is the government working with Amazon to put big brother all over our neighborhoods” kind of thing.  Though there’s still plenty of time.

But what most Americans, and the media for that matter, have seemed to miss with all of this is glaringly obvious:  This is nothing more than a PR stunt!

Didn’t anyone notice that this news broke on the Sunday just before “Cyber Monday” — arguably the largest online shopping day of the year?  And what did this “announcement” do?  Well, it put Amazon’s name in the headlines of practically every major media outlet on the planet.  It’s genius.  Do you know how much that kind of advertisement would cost?

Yet the online sales giant Amazon got worldwide headlines, just before the biggest online shopping day of the year — absolutely free.

And all Amazon had to do was more or less “announce” that at some level within their marketing team there’s been a project floated around about using drones much in the same way auto manufacturers stroll out concept cars they know they’ll never mass produce.

While I’m sure this “plan” might be something they’ve contemplated, it’s nothing they’re seeing as a serious option any time soon — and they know it.

But still, that didn’t stop them from making this “announcement” right before Cyber Monday, giving them a leading headline at nearly every major global media entity.

And it was an absolutely genius PR stunt.

Though I’m sure the conspiracy theorists don’t realize that just yet.  They’re probably too busy out buying their “anti-Amazon drone” ammunition.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • $80856350

    You’ve precisely identified Amazon’s intentions and success with this little ploy, but I join you in your amazement at the conspiracy nuts who jumped in with both feet.

  • William Klabunde

    Big deal they can already spy on us with all the cell phones and other cameras in public places. Nothing new they “government” has been spying on people at least most of my life time and I’m not young.

  • Debra Baker

    To be the richest country in the world we sure have the dumbest people in he world

  • Susan Carnes

    Not fair! Since I saw the Amazon piece on teevee, I’ve been contemplating a life of crime, and devising ways to abscond with the cargo. My dreams are dashed.

  • BadKitty

    My reaction to the news about the Amazon drones was “yeah, right.”
    I’m not surprised that it’s a stunt. I can’t imagine it ever becoming a reality, or even being cost-effective compared to the way they currently ship.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      I thought it was just a tad impractical to be real. Now if they could use a giant tube system like The Jetsons had…

  • Matthew Reece

    This development doesn’t worry me. After all, Amazon isn’t going to put missiles on these drones and murder innocent children with them. The US government, on the other hand…