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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why Are Many Products Deliberately Aimed At Younger Consumers? 4

dryriver writes: Everyone who is currently over 35 or so is familiar with a certain phenomenon: You've spent your childhood, teens and twenties buying everything "cool" — music, films, books, toys, clothing, computer games, comic books, PC hardware, game consoles, software, all sorts of consumer electronics. During this time, you and the rest of your generation kept the companies that produce this stuff flush with cash — it was your steady buying and consuming that allowed these companies to grow really big and thrive in financial terms. Now, suddenly, you are outside the target demographic for these same companies — they are still producing "stuff", but it is now aimed at new children, teens and tweens. When you look around for products made for a 35+ year old person, you find that almost everybody producing stuff is obsessed with serving a younger, less discerning demographic that is spending its parents' cash, just as you once spent your parents' cash. Why is this? Shouldn't products you "grew up with" also "grow with you as you grow" — accompany you into older age in a more mature, developed and sophisticated form in other words? Or is commerce all about get-their-money-while-they-are-young-and-impressionable?

Comment Re: Nefarious uses? (Score 1) 118

the news orgs may have hated Trump, but they handed him the election nonetheless. Probably because they all assumed Hillary was going to win, and created stories accordingly, to sensationalize and get viewers instead of influence the election.

The vast majority of news coverage was about Hillary's emails and how Trump was a bad person. There was nearly no discussion on their actual policies, or attempts to get Trump to even commit to policies.

Many voters went into the voting booth having very little idea what the two candidates would actually do once in office, which worked very much in favor of Trump.

To wit: the majority of Trump voters polled thought that Trump would be RAISING taxes on the rich. Many Trump voters rely on the ACA, but were quoted as saying they didn't think he would actually repeal it. etc etc.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 5, Interesting) 1560

you didn't answer the question at all.

it may be the same way he mocks able-bodied folks, but WHY does he do it in that particular manner? If not to mock the particular physical disability that some folks have? (including the reporter in question)

it seems pretty clear that the jerking, arm-clutched-to-the-chest motion is the same thing that elementary school kids do to make fun of disabled people. surely you aren't claiming it to be purely coincidental that he chose that very specific physical action.

if your argument is that he mocks able-bodied and disabled folks in the same way, by pretending they all have a physical disability of the arm and hand that causes muscle spasms, then you aren't really helping the case.

Comment so you don't have internet access already? (Score 1) 148

if you are already paying for internet access to.... you know... ACCESS THE INTERNET, like for instance to post on slashdot, then you cannot say it is a cost of Netflix or other online television subscription. you are already paying for internet access anyways, so netflix is only costing a whopping $7.99/mo

given the amount of content available on netflix as compared to whatever tiny handful of channels you get from your antennae, i'd say that's a $7.99/mo well spent

Comment no, fake news is real, and a real problem (Score 4, Insightful) 104

Depending on where you draw the line, fake news is shit like 'Obama appoints sharia council' - online equivalents to the National Enquirer, where they literally just make things up to create juicy clickbait headlines that then spread like wildfire through all the idiots on FB. Or, it is stuff like Breitbart that may start with something kinda factual but present it in unbelievably biased or dishonest ways. There is a lot of grey area, but some sites are definitely well into the muck of what any reasonable person interested in objective reality would call 'fake news.'

Comment Trump sold out to GOldman Sachs too. oops. (Score 1) 469

He's probably going to appoint Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs alumni, as the Treasury Secretary. Feel betrayed yet? You should.

This is where everyone finds out that their "anti-establishment" candidate is actually not. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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