Monday, June 6, 2011

This goes through my head every time I ride the subway.

(source)
Becomes a DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER. Visitors get 20 free articles a month. Subscribers get unlimited access
--New York Times ad of which I could not find a picture online and whose text I may not recall with complete accuracy.

It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, [Winston] reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week.
--George Orwell, 1984 (source)

30 comments:

  1. Thankfully, the NY Times are not yet our beloved overlords.

    ReplyDelete
  2. But the advertising agencies are!!

    ReplyDelete
  3. pullez. they are. they make us buy what we buy and hire whom we hire.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Since when do advertising agencies set the hiring prerogatives of employers?

    ReplyDelete
  5. i meant who clients hire, not who employers hire.

    ReplyDelete
  6. You mean that they advertise themselves to be hired by their clients? Isn't that just good 'ol fashioned capitalism?

    ReplyDelete
  7. no. it's modern capitalism.

    ReplyDelete
  8. old-fashioned capitalism.

    ReplyDelete
  9. or "good 'ol (sic.) fashioned capitalism."

    ReplyDelete
  10. "Congratulations, you've just won 250 free Vista business cards!"
    With Vista, everyone's a winner.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oh nice, I actually get that one. (Hat tip for the humanities major.)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Randall Munroe is my new superhero.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I want to make a T-shirt that says "What would Feynman do?" (As he is my superhero.)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Did you know that my superhero writes about your superhero?
    http://xkcd.com/182/
    http://xkcd.com/397/

    ReplyDelete
  15. I have the ultimate superhero. (And the comics are good too.)

    ReplyDelete
  16. and yaakov lo meis.

    ReplyDelete
  17. and the relevance to this discussion is...

    ReplyDelete
  18. Feynman lo meis? (Here I thought I was so witty.)

    ReplyDelete
  19. May I point out that Feynman is not Jacob?

    ReplyDelete
  20. At his bris he may have been

    ReplyDelete
  21. xkcd.com/755

    ReplyDelete
  22. and the relevance of that comic to this discussion is....

    ReplyDelete
  23. I think you missed the point. Under freedom, things are so good that goods are given away for free as a part of making money. Under slavery, not so...

    ReplyDelete
  24. Under slavery, due to inability to manage the economy by a monopoly, there is such shortage that they have to ration chocolate.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wise words. The NY times is not exploiting us, and they display the greatest of economic virtues. But their deception is the same as Big Brother's.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thank G-d they have competition in the form of Yeshiva World News.

    ReplyDelete

Forth shall ye all hold.