"How Do I Become A?"

2008
Aug
26

It’s been so long since I’ve seen a genuine Nigerian Scammail, it surprised me to get one today. The email server where it got through the filters? Yahoo! Mail. (I keep a Yahoo! address to isolate the advertising mailing lists that have something I MIGHT be interested in… don’t want to miss the next Papa Johns online special for Perfect Pan) Yahoo! does serve up some of the most annoying ads in the right sidebar (the cost of being free and not Google), but the one accompanying the Nigerian was just plain weird…

(don’t bother clicking; my copy goes nowhere and does NOTHING)
It’s the selection of expressions used for the various occupations that puzzle me. I’d think the “Social Worker” would be more frustrated than the “Graphic Designer”. And I wouldn’t go near a Pharmacy counter where the Technician looked like THAT. The Teacher is TOO happy, the Psychologist looks totally insincere (many of them are, but they don’t LOOK it), the Criminal Investigator looks like a Pirate, the Health Care Manager looks hopelessly confused (that one may be accurate), and “More” looks like he’d bite me if I clicked on him. The lameness of some web ads discourage me for the Future of Advertising, especially if they’re that way on purpose to fit their target audience.

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