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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Marketing Hype

    by , 03-02-2015 at 07:35 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    It is amazing how gullible humans are. This morning I noticed a guy rolling cigarettes with filters, and I almost laughed. That guy can almost be forgiven, because he was only about thirty years old, but filter cigarettes weren't popular until the 1950's, when they were hyped as safer. While most of the filters do remove some tars, they don't remove enough to actually make cigarettes safer, and there were some filters that were made of asbestos, which causes asbestosis and cancer. The marketing ...
  2. Half-Truths, Plausible Lies, and Big Lies

    by , 10-06-2014 at 07:55 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    After writing my post on Restoring the Age of Reason I started thinking more about how the principals of the Age of Reason have been put into disrepute. The general methods used have been typical propaganda techniques. And then I started thinking about propaganda even more. I don't think enough attention is paid to propaganda these days, at least not in the U.S.A., and probably not in Western Europe either. There's a lot of propaganda going around these days, and maybe we have become too accustomed ...

    Updated 10-06-2014 at 08:24 PM by PeterL

  3. Sustainability

    by , 06-03-2014 at 02:29 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I had been wondering exactly people were meaning by “sustainability”, so I looked around the internet, and I still don’t know, but I get a general impression that some people think that the world should be preserved as the exact thing that they love. It appears that they think that if they can get everyone to act the way they want, then the world will be nicer.

    The EPA has this on its website, and it is a set of pleasant pap. Yes, in an ideal world things would be nice.
  4. Detecting Propaganda for Fun and Profit

    by , 04-29-2014 at 04:10 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    On another forum to which I belong there recently was a question about propaganda. A request was made for information about how to write propaganda. After some initial comments about advertising and ordinary public relations writing. People started suggesting real world examples, such as the jingoism and appeals to greatness that Hitler and others have used. And it was pointed out the heavy-handed propaganda that some have used isn’t as effective as the subtle propaganda that has become popular ...
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