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Friday, July 02, 2021

It’s one thing to encounter the occasional Lexus, Mercedes, or Denali — as the names of little girls, instead of car models. But apparently, it’s downright distressing to encounter an entire summer camp class full of such namings.

Know that the real distress is yet to come, if the theory of name-determining vocational destiny holds true. That doesn’t mean that all these little girls will grow up to be luxury automobiles, of course — that would be silly. But another, more questionable life-path suggests itself:

Good stripper names: Mercedes, Sable, Lexus, Sierra, Lotus

Bad stripper names: Explorer, Thing, Outback, Gremlin, Duster, Demon, Titan, Hummer, Willys, Packard, Woodie, Cutlass, Rolls, Escort, Ram, Probe

That’s right, yuppie parents — know that granting your daughters a vehicular-inspired name strengthens the chances of them someday gyrating around a pole. They wouldn’t even have to come up with a stagename!

Furthermore, all this may or may not be related to the “anal” rule-of-thumb naming test in car marketing.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 07/02/2021 08:43pm
Category: Society, Women, Wordsmithing
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A recent spate of high-profile defective consumer product recalls is shining a light on the effectiveness of the public-safety procedure:

Government regulators, retailers, manufacturers and consumer experts are concerned that recall notices have become so frequent across a range of goods — foods, consumer products, cars — that the public is suffering from “recall fatigue.”

In many cases, people simply ignore urgent calls to destroy or return defective goods. One recent study found that 12 percent of Americans who knew they had recalled food at home ate it anyway…

The problem is twofold: Some people never learn that a product they own has been recalled, and others know they have a recalled product but don’t think anything bad will happen.

This seems to be setting up the institution of a data-drilled direct notification system for making sure people get the message on hazardous purchases. If you paid for groceries with a credit card, then your personal info is directly linked to those product details, and presumably you could be contacted directly, versus having to pay attention to government alerts. The next step is to embed safeguards directly into the product: Like a car that won’t run after the “recall” switch has been flipped on by the manufacturer, etc.

Naturally, this raises the usual privacy issues. Since this deals with public safety, it’d gain easier acceptance, even though the intrusiveness doesn’t really change. And ultimately, a percentage of people will still ignore or not get the message and get burned anyway; the point is to minimize that percentage.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 07/02/2021 12:55pm
Category: Business, Society, Tech
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