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Journal Journal: Nobody writes in these things do they?

You know...nobody ever seems to write in these things. Maybe they just don't want responses here on their own journals. maybe because there are less people to defend you on this side of the house? :::Shrug:::

It occured to me that Slashdot is like therapy. We see things posted from 'the real world' outside slashdot that disturbs us. Thoughts that other people have, radical or otherwise that in turn force us to consider what are sometimes uncomfortable ideas.

Of late my thoughts have turned to User Interface concerns. It seems that alot of companies are trying very hard to place advertisements in front of me. They're placing google adwords in Web apps, they're considering putting banner driven advertising in my word processing applications.

I fear for our thought processes. What does it say about us as an emerging technocratic society that we can just up and toss in an advertisement next to a topic when we should be actually THINKING about something?

I found myself subscribing to Slashdot today. (It didn't seem to kill the banner ads up top, unfortunately).. but it's been a pleasurable experience not to see the PC-Magazine style ad in the center of the page or in the middle of an article like you see on CNET.

Anyway, just some Jack Handey thoughts.

Cheers.

_TRAV_

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