Consumerism will kill us all. Or at least film us in the shower and put it on the net

#1
http://www.cracked.com/article_16434_5-creepiest-advertising-techniques-near-future.html

Ok, it's a comedy article, but cut through the intentional hyperbole and sensationalist bullshit and there's still a very shocking truth here, which is that corporations really are taking over the world, and we're pretty much doomed to have no privacy as technology advances. Hang on, that might have been a little hyperbolic...

Anyway, discuss issues raised.
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#2
Ehhh.... I don't even really mind targeted advertising that much. I really don't care if a machine knows what I do online. It doesn't effect me any. I've actually found out about a few concerts that I wouldn't have otherwise because Facebook knows what bands I like and occasionally uses that info to target ads.
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#3
I've only read through #5 so far but I can't say I'm too concerned about it. It's basically just information that they're going to use to try to be more efficient in advertising and such. If they actually do tax us based on our driving habits they track through a GPS I'd be really unhappy though.
#4
Of course, there are good points, you'll be recommended things you'll like, and you won't have to watch all sorts of absolutely awful adverts. However, how are we supposed to discover new things or change our style if this stuff happens?

Also, RU Experienced?, read past 5, it gets much more invasive.
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#6
I look at it like this: for as many heartless scrooge profit machines at the top of the corporate food chain that exist, there are thousands of Bob Cratchit's underneath them that are still human.
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Of course, there are good points, you'll be recommended things you'll like, and you won't have to watch all sorts of absolutely awful adverts. However, how are we supposed to discover new things or change our style if this stuff happens?

Also, RU Experienced?, read past 5, it gets much more invasive.

I did, I find it kind of funny actually. I've never been influenced by a commercial to buy a product before, nor do random ads on buses and the like have any effect on me. It's a bit odd that they're going to such extremes as to hire people to walk around and ask people to take their pictures and stuff, but I don't really consider it an invasion of privacy.

That's an interesting point you bring up though, if all the ads are geared towards what you already like it may prevent you from seeking out different area's of the market. Consumer Reports FTW!
#10
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Yeah that's why I hate Christmas. Parents are basicly forced to feed their kids materialism. I mean come on, what parent is going to say to their kid 'no, you can't have what all your friends are getting because its training you to become a consumer and a part of some company's market, and there are more important things in life that this will distract you from.'

The big question now is how much will people sacrifice to maintain their consumer existence?
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#11
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I look at it like this: for as many heartless scrooge profit machines at the top of the corporate food chain that exist, there are thousands of Bob Cratchit's underneath them that are still human.


Yeah, but now half of the Bob Cratchits will be paid to whore products they don't even like.

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I did, I find it kind of funny actually. I've never been influenced by a commercial to buy a product before, nor do random ads on buses and the like have any effect on me. It's a bit odd that they're going to such extremes as to hire people to walk around and ask people to take their pictures and stuff, but I don't really consider it an invasion of privacy.

That's an interesting point you bring up though, if all the ads are geared towards what you already like it may prevent you from seeking out different area's of the market. Consumer Reports FTW!


That's what you think. I can almost guarantee your subconscious says otherwise.
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#12
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Yeah that's why I hate Christmas. Parents are basicly forced to feed their kids materialism. I mean come on, what parent is going to say to their kid 'no, you can't have what all your friends are getting because its training you to become a consumer and a part of some company's market, and there are more important things in life that this will distract you from.'

The big question now is how much will people sacrifice to maintain their consumer existence?


Bingo.

Consumerism, one of the most important driving forces of the 21st century, is withering away our "humanness." People would rather spend a day in the mall, shopping for stuff they have absolutely no necessity for, rather than spending a day on a trail looking at plants.

Take away their precious televisions and cell phones and they would gasp for life like a fish out of water.

"hai guise its the weekend what better to do wit my leif than go to the mall and buy moar cloaths hoorayyyyy"
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#13
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Bingo.

Consumerism, one of the most important driving forces of the 21st century, is withering away our "humanness." People would rather spend a day in the mall, shopping for stuff they have absolutely no necessity for, rather than spending a day on a trail looking at plants.

Take away their precious televisions and cell phones and they would gasp for life like a fish out of water.

"hai guise its the weekend what better to do wit my leif than go to the mall and buy moar cloaths hoorayyyyy"


Well I think the energy crisis and the whole green thing will actually help with this. Not by much, but it will encourage us as a culture to be more efficient. I mean I know that sooner or later we'll have to get off of oil and when that happens people will have to be more conscientious of their habits. But unfortunately it seems to me that materialism comes first on the list of priorities, and the energy crisis is an annoying issue people would rather ignore.

BTW I just got to #3 and its VERY interesting.
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#14
Awwh please don't use the word hyperbole, it just reminds me that I've forgotten what it means

Goddamn textlinguistics units =/

As for something relevant... did you know that the UK are building a database of every phonecall and SMS being sent? any that contain 'worrying words' will be taken in for questioning.

I heard one guy got taken in, he was really confused as to why based on the words he was using, turns out him and his friend were trying to remember the name of a sex pistols song and were saying the lyrics, zomg public threat!
#15
The only real issue in that is phorming. The rest of it is just smart marketing. Besides, it's no more invasive than phone companies keeping records of you who talk to which they've done for years.
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BTW I just got to #3 and its VERY interesting.


What's #3?
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#17
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Awwh please don't use the word hyperbole, it just reminds me that I've forgotten what it means

Goddamn textlinguistics units =/

As for something relevant... did you know that the UK are building a database of every phonecall and SMS being sent? any that contain 'worrying words' will be taken in for questioning.

I heard one guy got taken in, he was really confused as to why based on the words he was using, turns out him and his friend were trying to remember the name of a sex pistols song and were saying the lyrics, zomg public threat!


Well that's gonna suck.

I have a friend whose bluetooth name is "I'm a mulsim, so watch out" and he has it on whenever he goes on the tube. And I know someone else who's called Rapey McRaperson or something... And I've talked loudly about terrorism on the tube before. I'm gonna get taken in,.
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#18
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What's #3?


On the list, the one about morphing ads into cultures.
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#19
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On the list, the one about morphing ads into cultures.


Yeah, I thought that stuff about the commercialisation of hip hop was very interesting.
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Yeah, I thought that stuff about the commercialisation of hip hop was very interesting.


Hip-hop is scarcely more commercialised than other music.
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#21
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Hip-hop is scarcely more commercialised than other music.


I didn't say it was, although I think it's a lot more commercialised than, for example, faux-emo (sure, companies exploit the fashion, but as far as I'm aware, the bands aren't really into endorsement). It was the stuff about the transformation that interested me.
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