Monday, September 17, 2007

But My Eyes Aren't Brown...

Apparently, someone thinks I'm complètement de la merde, because I get 5-10 emails a day (in several of my email accounts) for ColoPure, Colon Purify, Colon Mate, Colon Blow... you name it.

Oh, well... it's better than the male enhancement emails I usually get. I KNOW I don't need those.

What scares me the most about spam is this: you know that spammers continue sending a gazillion emails a day, because there's a decent percentage of morons out there who actually respond to the spam.

And speaking of being full of "it," I keep seeing the commercial for the new Mountain Dew "Game Fuel." If you haven't seen it, several guys all over the world are playing an online game with others across the world. The majority of them are frustrated, because they're losing. The winner is the guy who has the new "energy" drink.

So... if you drink this crap, you'll win online games. Great message.

121mg* of caffeine PLUS 77.5 g of sugar in one 20 oz bottle. No protein. So, on top of sitting in front of a game for hours on end-- getting no exercise (unless it's a Wii)-- this is what the marketing people want you to think you NEED.

I don't know if this guy in China had any gaming fuel, but his 3 day gaming binge cost him his life. Perhaps other factors were involved, but three straight days of gaming? Yikes.

Don't get me wrong... I'm not knocking gaming at all! I've sat in front of my screen for a few hours at a time and been hooked on it, too. However, I'm not dumb enough to think that I'll be better if I imbibe any of these roided-out soft drinks. I just hate that it's being marketed to kids.

Yes, I know there's more caffeine in a cup of coffee. I rarely drink coffee, and when I do... it's definitely not in bottle form at 20 oz a shot.


Stinkypaw said...

Don't you just hate spammers and all the crap (no pun intended) they send out?! I'm so fed up of it. When we up our "filters" then the few blog comments I get end up in the trash bin...

As for the gaming thing, never really been a gamer and again it brings this silly question to mind: WTH were his parents?

stefanie said...

Actually, I think guys locked up playing online games alone at home are exactly who that new Mountain Dew drink is for. The marketeers probably got it spot on there.

wire said...

You are the first person i've seen use the word "imbibe" in a blog post.

The thing is that this guy wasn't a kid, he was 30 and he wasn't locked up alone at home, he was at a public cafe. Maybe we need to look at the broader social factors that have contributed to a society that produces people who are so self-destructively bent on escape.

Nessa / Goldennib said...

So many topics:

I hate junk mail in all its forms. But people are so suggestible. If they see something, they want it, instead of thinking "I didn't need this before, so I don't need it now." But that's how all sales work, I guess.

It'd be cheaper, but maybe not so fashionable, to add several spoons of sugar to coffee.

Gaming is a nice momentary distraction, but I see people get really hooked and end up spending all of their free time (and time that should go to responsibilities) and it becomes like any other addiction.