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America Will Not Stop Until Martin Luther King Jr. Is Completely Rebranded as a Slice of Avocado Toast 
It’s also prudent to remember that this is no accident. This is not your standard white cluelessness. It is an intentional weakening wrapped in performative obliviousness. It’s no different from hearing someone say, “Fuck you! Go kick a rock!” and transcribing it as “You rock!” Today MLK is Susan. Next year he’ll be a really vulnerable rescue puppy. In five he’ll be a pumpkin-spice latte. And by then he’ll be too hopped up on caffeine to even dream.
mlk  appropriation  marketing  pumpkinspicelatte 
february 2018 by kme
Be suspicious of stories | Tyler Cowen | TEDxMidAtlantic - YouTube
"The thing about these books is that people buy them as a sort of talisman: 'I bought this book... so /I/ won't be predictably irrational.'"
marketing  bias  bullshit  storytelling  video 
april 2017 by kme
Projects that should have their own websites | Sawyer X []
Projects that should have their own websites:
Module::Starter (I actually wrote one, but never got it up and running)

Projects that already have websites, but should be revamped:
Dancer (working on it)

Honorable mentions:
Template Toolkit
perl  design  marketing  webdevel  needshelp 
december 2016 by kme
When it comes to feminism, neither Bollywood nor India Inc.'s advertisements have got it right — Quartz
When female celebrities deny the feminist label, they’re immediately criticised for misunderstanding what the term stands for. But actually, their responses reveal some interesting truths about the complexities of being a woman in India, notably one with a very public platform, which suggest that they understand all too well the real implications of feminism.

“…Women actors walk the knife’s edge. They must be careful that their male colleagues do not see them as too judgemental, or unavailable to act out certain images and roles. They don’t want to alienate their ‘fans’ either,” feminist writer Annie Zaidi said in an email.

That’s because the popular presentation of feminism, in India and around the world, often excludes men from the equation, making it seem like the concept is inherently anti-male. Unsurprisingly then, it’s in these celebrities’ best interests to play it safe, avoiding a term that is misinterpreted and misunderstood by an important segment of movie-goers.

“When you want to go out of your way to say you are not a feminist, even though your actions seem to be feminist, you’re also saying that you do not wish to upset the status quo,” Paromita Vohra, a feminist filmmaker and founder of the online sex education project Agents of Ishq, said. “That means you recognize that power really is patriarchal and you don’t want to be in opposition to that power.”
feminism  marketing  bollywood  india 
september 2016 by kme
The ethics of modern web ad-blocking –
All of that tracking and data collection is done without your knowledge, and — critically — without your consent. Because of how the web and web browsers work, the involuntary data collection starts if you simply follow a link. There’s no opportunity for disclosure, negotiation, or reconsideration. By following any link, you unwittingly opt into whatever the target site, and any number of embedded scripts from other sites and tracking networks, wants to collect, track, analyze, and sell about you.

That’s why the implied-contract theory is invalid: people aren’t agreeing to write a blank check and give up reasonable expectations of privacy by clicking a link. They can’t even know what the cost of visiting a page will be until they’ve already visited it and paid the price.
advertising  marketing  privacy 
august 2015 by kme
U2, Apple and rock-and-roll as dystopian junk mail - The Washington Post
In this brave new farrago of medium and message, U2 seem to have transmitted all of rock-and-roll’s misguided egotism into one ridiculous statement: Our music is technically worthless and everyone in the world should hear it. That’s what this band is “all about,” and Apple is happy to do its part, making you the owner of these songs without asking your permission. Which is disgusting.
itunes  apple  music  marketing  fail 
september 2014 by kme
Companies are using fear to market lifestyle accessories to women | The Verge
The original headline was "How to look cute and not get raped." Hoo boy.
marketing  ws  rapeculture  gaffe 
may 2014 by kme
Content, Ads, Caution | Mitchell's Blog
From the comments:
For the past $many years, marketing departments of all sorts have developed one core goal: convincing people that they are necessary. The underlying message in this endeavour has been that “you are a consumer and not a person, you should have everything handed to you on a platter, and having to think or research for yourself is a bad thing, so just leave that to us”. The result of this is that people have become lazier and more demanding than ever before, and their demands are usually taught, not motivated.
blog  mozilla  marketing  advertising  forthecomments 
february 2014 by kme

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