Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
By the way... there's a crossword at the bottom of this page
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
More On Brand Loyalty
There's a phenomenon where a chick, upon hatching, fixates on the first thing it sees. It believes the object, animal, or person, is its mother apparently and follows it around. Well, we do that too, to some extent. We identify with people (family, friends, lovers) and become attached to them. We identify with pets also. Some treat them as substitute children and dote on them. We also do this with objects. We love our cars, they become an extension of our personalities. Advertisers use this in their trade. They do their best to make us identify with the product. In some cases, with some people, they are extremely successful. They call these people "brand loyal". I won't tell you what I call them.
Yesterday I published a little screed that was about commercials and why they might be designed to annoy. In the process, I played a little game of my own. I intentionally tweaked a nerve. In so doing, I managed to make some people completely ignore over half of the post and concentrate on one thing.
I mentioned the Mac.
Just as one might say a Rolls Royce is the ultimate luxury car, perhaps the finest car on the market, it is just a car. Perhaps the Maserati is more your style. A fine piece of Italian machinery. But it, too, is just a car. The discerning car buyer purchases the automobile that he can afford which best suits his needs. It is the man who wants to show off, to "prove" his superiority, that buys something way beyond his needs. Does a Cadillac get you to the mall any faster or better than that Chevrolet Impala or Ford Taurus? Not really. Neither does the Rolls Royce, the Bentley, or the Maserati.
I have known people who would never even look at a Ford when shopping for a new car. Some who buy them every time they want a new car. I know some who adore GM, some who swear by their Toyota.
In the end, the car is merely transportation. All else is just window dressing for the ego.
It is that way for computers. You purchase one based on your needs, not based on your identity. Okay, maybe you don't. But I do. I buy things because they suit my needs, not for bragging rights or to impress. I do not spend my money on things in order to enhance my image (public or self). All I need the computer to do is allow me to type into it (simple word processing), surf the internet (run browser software), and allow me to play a few games that entertain me. I do no engineering or design work. I don't do any animation or create movies. My computer is a machine, a tool, which I use to do certain tasks. It is not an extension of my personality. It is not my religion.
If you wish to pay 3 to 4 times what I paid for my last computer, go right ahead. If it makes you feel smarter or superior then, by all means, do it. But think about this...
If you are really superior, or smarter, why would you care what computer I buy? Because you know something? I really don't care what computer you own.