Consumerism TV


So I was looking in eBay at XBox games. Nothing that really grabbed me at a price that was enough below the retail to make it compelling. But at the bottom of the screen was one of those computerised guess things, where they have a wild stab in the dark about other items you might be interested in.

Its suggestions were:

  • three different 4 DVD sets from Survivor (Thailand, Amazon, Pearl Islands). Now, obviously they are not to know that I have never watched Survivor in my life. But even not knowing that, why would looking at XBox games label me as some kind of Survivor-watcher? One fanatical enough to want to watch it over and over again on DVD? I mean, even if you liked it on TV, what’s the point of owning the DVD? Isn’t most of the excitement in the suspense of it all?
  • a DVD called Seduction For Lovers. I’m guessing it’s a psuedo-educational porn DVD. Great. I think I’ll pass on that, thanks all the same.
  • the DVD of Chicken Run. Outstanding. Quite a fun movie, and perhaps the best of the guesses, apart from the fact that I already own it.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

One reply on “Suggestions”

They’re just basing it on what others who shopped for it bought or looked at. Apparently, a large (or at least goodly) percentage of people who shopped for X-Box games also shopped for Survivor, Chicken Run, and the other discs.

If you think about it, it sort of makes sense. If you’re stranded in the wilderness, the things you’ll probably miss most are chicken and sex… not necessarily in that order.

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