TV Ads: Dumb the New Clever?
Michael Esposito takes the TV ad industry to task over the recent flurry of silly or mocking commercials depicting a world "where a subspecies of addlebrained humans thrives."
Michael Esposito takes the industry to task over the flurry of silly or mocking TV ads: "Forced to choose between saving my sweetheart or a beer, I'd pick my sweetheart every time. That's not necessarily such an obvious choice in the world of TV commercials, where a subspecies of addlebrained humans thrives. They're usually guys (but not always), and the message that seems to be coming from many such commercials is: 'Idiots and jerks buy our product. Unless you're too good to act like a buffoon or pick on the defenseless, you stuck-up snob you, you'll buy what we buy to be just like us!'"
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An MIT study predicts when artificial intelligence will take over for humans in different occupations.
While technology develops at exponential speed, transforming how we go about our everyday tasks and extending our lives, it also offers much to worry about. In particular, many top minds think that automation will cost humans their employment, with up to 47% of all jobs gone in the next 25 years. And chances are, this number could be even higher and the massive job loss will come earlier.
One way to limit clutter is by being mindful of your spending.
- Overbuyers are people who love to buy — they stockpile things as a result. These are individuals who are prone to run out of space in trying to store their stuff and they may even lose track of what — and how much of what — they have.
- One way overbuyers can limit their waste, both money and space wise, is by storing items at the store, and then buy them when they really need them.
- Underbuyers tend to go to extraordinary lengths to not buy things. They save money and do fewer errands, however, they often make do with shabby personal items. They may also, when they finally decide to go out to buy a product, go without entirely because the item may no longer be available.
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