Socially awkward Facebook eight year olds and their spam

  • Selling cell phones to eight year olds. Burn in hell, over-reaching capitalists! An imaginary conversation between a father and his 17 year-old son: "You see, son, back when you were eight, we signed you up for a family plan with lifetime free texting. Lifetime. With the same company. You're contractually obligated to stay with the same provider for the rest of your life."
  • Toronto is outrageously represented on Facebook, and Sean throws out a challenge: "and for Torontonians.... I now officially proclaim, if you have not joined Facebook by the April 22, 2007 and live in Toronto, you are offically part of the mainstream, well on your way to dancing the Macarena, listening to Barry Manilow and still wondering why the old Canadian Tire spokesguy isn't on TV anymore."
  • A video showing the "corridor of social awkwardness" in the CBC headquarters in Toronto. "It's so long, that when you see some one coming the other way, you don't know when to wave, say hello or give one of those man nods."
  • And the billboards start coming down in Sao Paolo. Brett questions whether urban spam is actually a problem at all. To me, advertising is a necessary part of business. I can understand why cities like Sao Paolo would feel overwhelmed by corporate messaging - and how this could become even more overbearing with the growth of digital billboards and projected messaging. On a local level, though, advertising is more of a form of personal expression, tailored to the market and the consumer. Which makes wholesale bans stupid. And damaging for small business.
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