Anyone minding the store-?

April 24, 2007

Okay, uh…so there’s this website, see, and it’s supposed to be all about how groovy downtown Durham is…and it’s, uh, sponsored by the development company that has a near-monopoly on all the buildings downtown, cause they, like, swooped in like a vulture and bought them all.

Be Downtown Durham, Fool!And…er…I guess it’s kinda playing on the whole wiki- web 2.0 – user-generated – content – is – the – new – cool – meme, cause it, uh, asks people to submit their own photos and quotes about, well, how “groovy” it is to “Be” downtown Derm.

But, you know, it’s kinda silly, cause what they’re really asking people to do is, like, increase the value of their “brand,” which is downtown Derm, since, like, they own it and want to sell it back to you. So, you know, it’s kind of more like a cynical manipulation of “interactivity” than, uh, truth.

What does being downtown mean to you?And, um…after doing some tests, I wonder what would happen if people really took them at their word and, I don’t know, submitted some really…interesting…items for their little “Derm Groovy” web site, you know?

I’m not saying people would, y’know, goon them or anything…but they don’t call it the “creative” class for nothing, right? I mean, nobody would enjoy finding a way to turn their own marketing tools against them, right?


Pillar of Heritage



April 10, 2007

short busThose frickin’ kids.

Last week, the folks at the Durham DMV office in Northgate Mall had finally figured out how to use their phone system, managed to get all the right “passwords” and what-not punched in, and put a clear, direct, easy-to-understand message on their voice mail. And for a short time, when people called in, they really got the message. It went:

Hello. You have reached the DMV at Northgate. If you thought we answered our phones here, you are retarded. We don’t. So come in if you want to talk.

And then some jerk hacks into the system and changes it to something completely watered-down and useless! Criminy!

The Barreled Gun has the whole story. I might have a couple of details wrong, but jeezis. This just pisses me off.

He who smelt it dealt it

April 8, 2007


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