Beyond Orwell: Advertising Trucks

Saw one of these in action driving on Interstate 5 yesterday:

I’d say “unbelievable,” if it weren’t entirely predictable.

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Angelo
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Angelo

Heh, just like a billboard, except it pollutes and adds to traffic. Also, just saw this today: Is not joining Facebook a sign you’re a psychopath? Some employers and psychologists say staying away from social media is ‘suspicious’ on dailymail. Had to share it since I know you are someone who can appreciate the wonders of Facebook. One particularly creepy comment: At my company we do not hire people who do not have Facebook accounts or who make their Facebook accounts inaccessible to H.R. and security personnel. It’s very simple, we are looking for a certain type of employee, one… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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Wow! Amazing quote, Angelo. Really shows the tyranny we live under. And another side of Facebook, too. Hadn’t thought of its function as a spy for employers…

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

There is no hope. It is honestly very difficult not to resurrect the worst possible apocalyptic scenarios after seeing such examples of the recklessness and enthusiasm with which we are hurtling towards death and barbarism.

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

Angelo, thanks for making me double paranoid :). I deleted my facebook out of paranoia, now I’m paranoid about deleting it, LOL. As bizzare the comment you quoted is, it is entirely unsurprising – really, the “marketing personality” has been a well known fact of our so called “society” for about 100 years at least. What is truly disturbing however is the enthusiasm and complete lack of critical thinking and elementary self-awareness that the smug effin’ douchebag who wrote this accepts this type of monstrous violation of the human condition. No amount of love can save this type of non-human.… Read more »

High Arka
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The personality has always been marketed; Facebook and the internet are just offering different ways to do it. Just as you put on a face for “the office,” you can put one on for “Facebook.” The same horror was always there, but you can dwell in it and not lose yourself if you remember what you really are.

Marla Singer
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Marla Singer

High Arka, yes, of course the “personality market” has always been a feature of 20th century capitalism. However, there are two complications at least: first, very few people ever realize that from an early age they adopt a desirable behavioral shell that represents the power expectations of them, and stunts their authentic development. They spend their entire lives in a vague dissatisfaction, while trying to “do the right thing”. I agree that it is interesting to dwell in the horror (lol, really love the language), but it seems to be a luxury to even get there… As for Facebook… I… Read more »

Joe Remenak
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Joe Remenak

There’s at least one of those trucks in San Diego that flips through several depictions of [*ahem*] gifted young women while telling you how to get to a strip club (complete with “military discount!”).

If only they’d put one of those overly-enhanced ladies in blackface and have the next clutching a blanket labeled “smallpox,” methinks they could make a good try at running the table of American exploitation. And all at 75 mph.

Michael Dawson
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Yeah, Joe. The creeps who own those trucks seem never to have pondered the legal implications of distracting people on freeways. It’s a matter of time until they trigger a pile-up.

Mark Lovas
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I completely agree with the complaint that advertising of whatever sort on roadways distracts drivers.–And, that is sufficient reason for getting rid of it. I am glad to hear someone else talking about it. However, I also have a sad story to tell about El Paso, Texas (a desert outpost of a cruel empire which I shall soon leave). The local police haven’t, apparently, thought about the distraction factor. The local branch of the police near the local library features a bright flashing (distracting) sign with helpful messages. (Sorry, I don’t read them, so I cannot tell you what they… Read more »

Michael Dawson
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Mark, that’s an interesting point. Cars are sacrosanct, but they also allow huge distractions within the system. Despite all the MADD hype, even our drunk driving laws are laughably lax. Texting while driving, which is at least as dangerous as driving drunk, is basically completely legal.