A series of nails seems to be getting nailed into the coffin of Toshiba's HD-DVD format so I wasn't surprised to see an article predicting that Toshiba were about to admit defeat. But I was amused while reading the article in The Age website to see an ad for HD-DVD prominently placed in the same article pronouncing it dead in the water.
There's an old advertising joke that says "50% of all advertising money is wasted - if only we knew which 50%." He's a tip: the money spent advertising a product next to an article saying that product is dead? That's probably wasted.
As the advertising for sites like The Age is dynamic this little gem of irony will be a fleeting thing. If you have a similar sense of humour to me, you may appreciate the fact that I saved a screen shot of this little piece of advertising magic:
For the pedants:
- I know nobody at Toshiba said "please place an ad for our product next to an article saying our product is dead"
- I know nobody at The Age said "Let's put an ad for HD-DVD next to an article saying it's dead" - Toshiba simply bought an set amount of advertising and the ad was placed an arbitrary number of times in a particular section of the website
- Get a fucking sense of humour
- No, your sense of humour isn't fine, if you can't just appreciate a simple joke without deconstructing it and finding fault you are fucked up!
- If you're the sort of obsessive dweeb who behaves this way, here a few more to set you off:
- Ron Paul is a gay nazi paedophile drug-smuggling terrorist
- Open source software is a communist plot designed to destroy our way of life and murder kittens
- Your mother fucks truck drivers for 50c a throw and most of the time they ask for their money back
Can anyone tell I've had to deal with some really stupid obsessive-compulsive pedants recently?