I wonder how many of the comments in the Spam list, on this blog and elsewhere around the internet, are randomly generated, instead of written. People have a right to post comments, even if they can’t make themselves understood. But do automatic programs have that right? I’ve worked in call centers that used random dialers. It wasn’t long ago that most people were offended to be phoned by a random dialer. But at least we callers were really there, talking. We used a script, but someone wrote it. A computer program didn’t generate it (though it might randomize parts of the script). Now we routinely field calls from machines, and delete messages that are sometimes just column inches of random popular search terms and filler phrases (cat cats kitten weight lose loss diet and I guess you would likely LOL weigh pounds kitten cash if you really think about it…).
Green coffee sounds disgusting, doesn’t it?
You get lots of popup and sidebar ads all over the web for green coffee these days if you’re anything like some of us. And lots of ads for online education opportunities. And lots of ads for low insurance rates. People dance around all excited that they just saved on auto insurance.
Then there are the “urgent notices” about weight loss. Important? Sure, fitness is important for lots of people. Urgent? No. It can’t be urgent. By its nature, fitness happens little by little. So does unfitness.
And the “crazy, shocking news stories” about a woman in my own state (wow! 30-odd years ago when we were excited to hear our state’s name), who was 49/57/63/74/80 and invented a skin treatment that dermatologists “hate her” for because it costs pennies (all caps) and makes her look 20/27/33/39/49? The only thing surprising is that it happens so often. If that bothered dermatologists so much you’d think they’d get in on the invention, not resent her for it, wouldn’t you? And, isn’t that a piece of plastic being pressed to a young woman’s face to make wrinkles, then, peeled away?
As far as weight loss ads go, aren’t you glad “pounds” don’t really “melt off” people?
I like to look at inspiring before-and-after ads for weight loss and other fitness programs. But I can tell a healthy one from an unhealthy, uninspiring one. When someone consumes the equivalent of candy, skim milk and a multivitamin three times a day for a year and a tiny “meal” once a day, yes, the pounds disappear if s/he has the energy to burn those few calories. But the afters from such programs look more than a year older than when they started, and exhausted. When it’s a celebrity, we can watch in the media as the person regains the weight. Why would we think non-celebrities’ experience would be different? They regain the weight because they’re not fit; they’re just thin. It’s not the same thing.