Yes, you have too much information online

For proof, let’s look at Tom in Belgium:

This isn’t an exaggeration. Four years ago, I posted this:

Both are from Safe Internetbanking, in Belgium. We worry about the government spying on us, when in reality every business has everything it needs to know about you. Obviously, you know this because you see what happens online when you look at an ad or order anything. The next day, all of the advertisements you see online are related to the thing you bought the day before. And since the government and businesses know everything about you, how hard is it for a hacker to take your life over?

The Europeans are far more strict on Internet privacy, and look what happened to these people. Imagine what happens in the U.S. Checkout the Safe Internetbanking site. It has some good advice.

Which one of these ads is racist?

This 2016 one from China?

Or this 2007 one from Italy?

Let’s first of all ignore the fact that the Chinese ad is blatant plagiarism. The correct answer, of course, is neither of the detergent makers care, because they both just got a ton of free worldwide publicity from all the news organizations that reported on the debate on whether the most recent ad, from China, was racist.

I wouldn’t be surprised if — despite all the pearl clutching and sensitive souls being overwhelmed by the vapors — the detergent sales are going through the roof in China, and Coloreira in Italy just got a sudden boost from an ad it introduced nine years ago. That’s the beauty of advertising.

And the thing is, these ads are irrelevant, because there are other, far more racist ads out there that have an immediate and direct impact on our lives. Like this one:

Uh oh. Words are coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth. You know what that means?


Barbie and the world of possibilities

Mattel has a new ad campaign for Barbie. Probably because someone at the company realized that promoting the doll as a ditzy babe isn’t working anymore, so, make the focus about career women:

No talk about Ken. No visits to the Dream House. Just letting little girls know they can grow up and be anything they want to be.

That’s not so bad. The folks on the hidden camera, though, are trying to figure out what the hell is going on, but at least they’re playing along.

Back to the future … in the real future

So, back in 1985, Marty McFly, his girlfriend Jennifer, and Doc Brown got in the Delorean and traveled to 2015 to help get Marty’s and Jennifer’s kids out of trouble.

This is what they saw in “Back to the Future II

But the date they went to was Oct. 21, 2015. That’s tomorrow. Unless something really radical happens today, I don’t think I’m going to see any flying cars, or hover boards. Or holographic movie ads on the city streets. I’ll see this:

Just goes to show. The future isn’t what it used to be.

A side note. This was the front page of USA Today in 2015 in “Back to the Future II”:


Notice the sports news in the upper left hand corner. If you’re betting on baseball, “Cubs sweep series in 5.” Now that’s way out there. (Also, you can’t sweep in five. A sweep is four games.)