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Selma - what proportion of the population could read at all 500 years ago?Originally posted by Selma in Sandy Eggo:
I'd have filed it under "Cheesy and Wrong". How many people read for pleasure now? (I was in the Barnes & Noble last weekend, it was pretty busy.) How many people, proportionately, were reading for pleasure 500 years ago? 1000? 2000?
I suspect that the shriveled pencil neck who wrote the ad was the ignoroid.
I'd intended that point as part of my argument. The cheesy ad suggested that the barbarians had gained ground and overcome the civilized few: I meant to suggest that, on the whole, more people had achieved a more civilized life now than in the past.Originally posted by DavidS:
Selma - what proportion of the population could read [b]at all 500 years ago? [/b]
Sadly, this analysis requires more philosophy than I can generate this time of the evening. Or perhaps any time of the day. I never claimed that I was the epitome of the civilized woman; I'm a practical, crafty, literate cavewoman. But my cave has electricity and furniture and two resident cats.Originally posted by DavidS:
(Now analyse the connection between "recreation" and "Creation"...)
My condition too, in many ways: I am fairly computer-literate (MS Office and the like), but when it comes to using a camera, for example, I'm a Luddite.Originally posted by Selma in Sandy Eggo:
I'm a practical, crafty, literate cavewoman. But my cave has electricity and furniture and two resident cats.
You'd have thought that by now, in this day and age, people running book (and any other) shops (usually chains nowadays) would know how to respect their customers, as well as locate in malls without parking problems or places with decent public transportation access.Originally posted by Shapley:
I guess I'm a bit confused. Are they claiming that no one is reading, or that no one is coming into their store. Is he lamenting that the pencil necks and the pea pushers are ordering their books online and not driving through traffic, trying to find a parking place near their store, and then suffering through their rude service (I am assuming they are rude based on the tone of their ad), to buy a book for the same or a higher price than they can get it online? Of course, the ignoroids aren't buying books at all, nothing that can be done about that.
Whatever the case, I don't think insulting your potential clients is likely to improve business. Perhaps they need a consultant to explain to them the reasons for their falling business.
Why not? The beer companies do it all time. I'd be routinely insulted if I was a beer drinker. Is there any other business where it is considered SOP to insult their customers with their ads?Originally posted by Shapley:
Whatever the case, I don't think insulting your potential clients is likely to improve business.
:DOriginally posted by barfle:
Originally posted by Selma in Sandy Eggo:
[b]I wouldn't mind at all if we got rid of all the pharmaceutical ads.
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