Monday, November 27, 2006

Welcome aboard

So, the CIA wants you... to take it's like totally awesome online quiz! Or, as Wonkette put it, the country's most covert agency is "apparently eager to recruit 16-year-old girls."

Regardless, it's a funny endeavor. There's an exhilarating, loud, face-melting intro that concludes, "We'd like to dispel a few myths about working for the Central Intelligence Agency." Then, there's all sorts of cool, spy-vs.-spy graphics and Bondsian maps. Funny, because the AP reports (via the Washington Times) that "the quiz was designed to encourage job applications while dispelling myths about the agency, some of them born of the James Bond stereotype." The quiz also pokes fun at this image, the AP reports, noting the site reads, "You don't have to know karate or look good in a tuxedo to work at the CIA."

But it looks like matters could be worse. They could go back to the way things were, which means the "Bug Spot."

Officials in charge of hiring realized they needed a new plan. They hired an ad agency, TMP Worldwide. The "Bug Spot" was born. A snooping dragonfly zooms through the ad, showing how scientists at the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology develop Bond-esque devices -- "technology so advanced, it's classified," the ad boasts.

Yikes. So, now they're having fun with us and, umm, maybe reaping the benefits. Either way you slice it, I'm psyched. I feel like I'm already part of the team. What's my first assignment?


At 12:50 PM, Blogger Tara said...

The Good Shepherd: "the untold story of the birth of the CIA," a major motion picture, crept into theaters this past Wednesday. Perhaps this quiz is a joint marketing/nationalism ploy by the CIA and Universal Studios.


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