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Tuesday, August 11, 2021

Nothing is more sure to bring a smug smile to my face than the low-budget glory of a crappy, locally-produced television commercial. What would mid-afternoon and late-late-night TV be like without this dreck?

This one certainly delivers that smile, and would have even if it didn’t have snarky, grafted-on subtitles:

Despite the two-minute long rap (which was probably a good 90 seconds too long), this flea-market owner fails to convince me that his institutionalized garage sale is “just like, just like — a mini-mall!”. The combination of the starfish, pony, and typewriter dance moves doesn’t help, nor do his angry-creepy bugged-out eyes. A big fail on the marketing message.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/11/2021 03:28:21 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Comedy, Internet, TV
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It’s come to this. Not only do we compulsively start the day by checking the Internet first:

This is morning in America in the Internet age. After six to eight hours of network deprivation — also known as sleep — people are increasingly waking up and lunging for cellphones and laptops, sometimes even before swinging their legs to the floor and tending to more biologically urgent activities.

“It used to be you woke up, went to the bathroom, maybe brushed your teeth and picked up the newspaper,” said Naomi S. Baron, a professor of linguistics at American University, who has written about technology’s push into everyday life. “But what we do first now has changed dramatically. I’ll be the first to admit: the first thing I do is check my e-mail.”

The Gudes’ sons sleep with their phones next to their beds, so they start the day with text messages in place of alarm clocks. [Karl] Gude, an instructor at Michigan State University, sends texts to his two sons to wake up.

But also, some of us seriously can’t get to sleep without Web help:

Web-based programs to treat insomnia are proliferating, and two small but rigorous studies suggest that online applications based on cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective.

“Fifteen years ago, people would have thought it was crazy to get therapy remotely,” said Bruce Wampold, a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin. “But as we do more and more things electronically, including have social relationships, more therapists have come to believe that this can be an effective way to deliver services to some people.”

Pretty soon we’ll be dreaming in digital, to bridge the gap. If our analog brains can handle the bandwidth.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/11/2021 02:34:47 PM
Category: Internet, Science, Society, Tech
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