@wizard Remember when Monty Python did a sketch about homophobia and accidentally predicted the future existence of furries?
@ben uh, I'm not familiar with that one lol
@fence @proxeus The problem is that targeted advertising causes depression in the first place. In the words of Zach Mandeville, modern web design shapes the user into "an anxious dullard, who alternates between catatonic depression and a stress-induced breakdown" (https://coolguy.website/writing/the-future-will-be-technical/modern-design.html).
All these algorithms are trying to do is maximize clicks and profits... it's all really dehumanizing. They know that a depressed user is going to need help from problems they caused.
@fence There are entire tv shows dedicated to international ads, intersparsed with national ads. The only possible good thing about ads is if they're entertaining, which they often aren't because that's not the goal.
He was telling me about a new bread that wasn't selling well, and I mentioned that it was probably because it wasn't on the normal bread menu.
He said that it was, and pointed to a picture of the bread literally right next to the menu that said "try our new sunflower whatever bread today!"
I realized that I never noticed it because it was just eye noise to me. tldr I relate.
@fence it's a good way to find out where your "german" tv comes from when you're on vacation
@fence did they love you enough to get you those toys?
idk I really don't know what I'm seeing different in the world. And it's not even uncommon to hear the world being described as "dystopian" by random people. I guess nobody can agree on what's dystopian about it...
We are a cute and loving international community Ｏ(≧▽≦)Ｏ !