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Tuesday, January 18, 2005


I just love this piece by Mark Morford of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Enter the new Febreze ScentStories thing, an adorably insidious 40-buck appliance you actually plug into your wall and stick on a side table next to the fake flowers and the cat-shaped fringe lamp and then insert any number of $6 CD-like disks each containing five preprogrammed synthetic scents that, at the push of a button, will then "play" in sequence, just like a music CD -- only, you know, not.
Full story >>>


Blogger Link said...

Gross, mindless, tacky beyond belief, probably smells really disgusting. And what this country gets away with producing is pretty banal too.

January 19, 2005 1:00 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Consumerism and "free enterprise", ain't it great, Link?

January 19, 2005 2:29 PM  
Blogger the urban fox said...

Ha ha. Consumerism will eat itself. What next, a library of temperatures on your aircon/heating thermostat, bringing you the tantalising sensation of all four seasons within the space of half an hour?

Hey, actually... *calls Office of Patents & Trademarks*

January 20, 2005 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, think of it - rain, snow, hail, etc. on demand! The best thing about getting old is knowing that with luck I might not be around long enough to see the depths of depravity that America is going to sink to before it's all over. Is it any wonder why we're the most hated nation on earth?


January 20, 2005 12:08 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Fox? Is it really you? I was beginning to think the hunt had caught up with you. Welcome back!

Consumerism. Makes it sound like a seperate entity. I prefer to think of it as consumerised humans. Then extending you logic, we can say consumerised humans will eat themselves.

Brings to mind the saying attributed to a 19th century Cree Indian chief:

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money."

DS, I don't think the world can point the finger of blame only at America. Consumerism is embraced by all sorts of cultures. I blame modern marketing and advertising, and these things are cross-cultural.

It's more to do with ethical psychology being used to inform legislation which would then regulate how marketing and advertising is done. Of course this doesn't exist and won't be allowed to exist. It would adversely affect the sales figures of the mega-corporations and the WTO won't stand for that. [/rant]

January 20, 2005 1:14 PM  
Blogger the urban fox said...

Yep, it sure is me. I've given the hounds the slip.

I love that proverb. It should be on billboards across the globe.

January 22, 2005 4:20 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I got the T-shirt from New Internationalist.

February 01, 2005 5:45 AM  

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