SELLING OUT: INS AND OUTS
You Don't Have To Make Money... Andrew Anker, President and CEO of HotWired, on the Web business model: "Anybody who is profitable now is not building a business for the long term." [Advertising Age, 5/6]
Your Message Goes Mainstream... Ad for Motorola's ISDN modem: "Find bad web sites 8x faster." [Time, 5/13]
People Take You Seriously... Kim Polese, who left Sun Microsystems to form
a start-up company: "By the way, it's not called Yet Another Java Start-Up. I should tell you that right now... There is a Web site called suck.com. I don't know if you happened to see it... And, unfortunately, some publications, including USA Today, took them seriously." [Java Report, March/April]
Your Dignity Goes AWOL... The comment that ended Lionel Richie's $8 million deal with Pepsi, by the wife of a local Pepsi distributor: "C'mere, boy, and give me a kiss! We paid you eight million dollars and the least you can do is give me a kiss!" [Advertising Age, 4/29]
YOU SAY YOU WANT A WEBOLUTION
"To Spider Technologies Inc. Chief Executive and co-founder Zack Rinat, the
gold rush of speculation over the growth of the Internet's World Wide Web
is neither revolutionary or evolutionary. To him, it's a Webolution." [Reuters/Variety, 5/5]
ONCE WERE WEIRDOS
Mr. Franklin-Hodge, computer programmer: "When I was younger, people who
were really into computers were considered weird. But that's not true
anymore. The Internet has made all this cool." [New York Times, 5/6]
BUT WE CAN'T CUT THE MUSTARD!
From an article on the Second Luddite Congress, in which writer Stephanie
Mills discusses breaking the technology addiction by easing slowly out of
it: "It's like some people are never going to be full vegetarians. There's
always going to be a little piece of meat at the side of the plate. Well,
maybe we can't give up technology, but we can make it just a condiment."
[New York Times, 4/15]
STUPID SEARCH ON: "death by boredom"
"I finally got onto the Internet. All I got was this message: You have
performed an illegal act. My husband came into the room. He read the
message on my screen, and called the police."
"HI! We're the Asthmatics and we're a band. The Following Song Samples Require Real Audio: *Mr. Musician Man *Shit Stain *Don't Play Around The Power Lines"
"Timmy had no where to run, he started to whine and then began to pee his pants. Knowing there was nothing else he could do he took a deep breath and then pulled a 12 gauge out of his pants."
"The condemned is bound hand and foot and buried up to the neck in sand with a sheet
placed over the head. A crowd of hysterical bystanders then pelts them
until the lack of screams indicates death. Iran's laws forbid the use of
large stones, as they bring death too swiftly."