Re: They are better looking, as well.

  • From: "M.K. Chatterji" <chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2002 02:38:24 -0500

Hey Neil,
Is that kinda like buying an elitist LandRover instead of a 
run-of-the-mill (Windows) Explorer? Sorry, couldn't resist!
-Chat


>* Jerold Hargis (sigrah@xxxxxxxxxxxxx), on [07-15-02 08:23], wrote:
>>  http://news.com.com/2102-1040-943519.html
>
>Wow...what a news flash.
>
>"In other news, Neilsen/NetRatings released a study today that said that 95%
>of all persons who own $35,000 gas guzzling car crunching status-symbol SUVs
>are better educated and richer than their <all other automobiles>-using
>counterparts."
>
>Pick an expensive status symbol, any expensive status symbol, then
>compare its users to users of everything else in the same general class
>and what do you think you'll find?  This study is just more totally
>meaningless Nielsen marketing drivel.  It has an eye-catching conclusion
>that is bound to be pounced on by those naive enough to believe that those
>with wealth or academic station choose only the "best" products to invest
>in.  It's been my experience that the most wealthy and better-educated
>persons I've ever met tend to spend their money on the most blatant
>status-symbol crap I've ever seen just because it's shiny, or see-through,
>or has a gold Lexus badge on it, or some other idiotic reason.  Notice that
>the page doesn't even _link_ to the actual study itself?  Has anyone who's
>forwarded this on actually_looked_ at their methodology?  No, of course
>not...it has a flashy headline, so people forward it along happily as proof of
>their Macinrighteousness and Ian Fried, Staff Writer, CNET News.com cackles
>happily as he realizes his plan to increase his story's hit score is working
>like a champ.
>
>
>
>Neil
>
>"WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!"
>       -- Rage Against The Machine, "Wake Up"
>


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