This might be a repost. Apols if it is
This explains why I don’t see what I’m interested in
I’m a sucker for armchair adventure and this is great.
By: Kendra Eash, McSweeney’s
We think first
Of vague words that are synonyms for progress
And pair them with footage of a high-speed train.
Is doing lots of stuff
That may or may not have anything to do with us.
See how this guy in a lab coat holds up a beaker?
That means we do research.
Here’s a picture of DNA.
There are a shitload of people in the world
Especially in India
See how we’re part of the global economy?
Look at these farmers in China.
But we also do business in the U.S.A.
Or want you to think we do.
Check out this wind energy thing in Indiana,
And this blue collar guy with dirt on his face.
Also, we care about the environment, loosely.
Here’s some powerful, rushing water
And people planting trees.
Our policies could be related to these panoramic views of Costa Rica.
In today’s high speed environment,
Stop motion footage of a city at night
With cars turning quickly
Makes you think about doing things efficiently
And time passing.
Lest you think we’re a faceless entity,
Look at all these attractive people.
Here’s some of them talking and laughing
And close-ups of hands passing canned goods to each other
In a setting that evokes community service.
Are all words we chose from a list.
Like this guy who’s looking up and pointing
At a skyscraper or a kite
While smiling and explaining something to his child.
Using a specific ratio
of Asian people to Black people to Women to White men
We want to make sure we represent your needs and interests
Or at least a version of your skin color
In our ads.
Did we put a baby in here?
What about an ethnic old man whose wrinkled smile represents
the happiness and wisdom of the poor?
Ouch, we’ve all seen (contributed) to one of these
Don’t start with @anybody
In four easy steps. And no kittehs
With the new year upon us, we thought it would be a good time to look back at what grabbed your hearts and minds in 2013.
Overall, the thing that excites us the most about this data (other than the pleasing colors) is that it demonstrates there’s a truly enormous audience for content about…
posting this just in case I forget
“Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.”
― Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success
A bit preachy but not wrong
Added this to my to do list