In China it’s common that many objets keep parts of its original package. Adhesive films, cardboards and foams are everywhere. Is this carelessness or a true will for preservation?. I’m not quite sure.
Learning through negation
Chased by brands
You’ve surely noticed that when browsing the web some ads are closely related to your previous visits to certain pages. Even if that happened days ago. Online behavior tracking have been there for some time, and boost sales enormously for an online retail business -just to mention one-.
How do you feel about that?. It’s obvious that it have some minority report alike effect, orwellian if you prefer. Does it discomfort you?. Recently I realized that it works for me as a reminder. As a pending to-do alert I have to fulfill. Weird. But in some way it push me away from completing my purchase through clicking the banner. It’s just like when you have too much attention on you from the staff in a brick and mortar store.
I would consider seriously the negative outcomes of feeling chased and the impact on brands over the sales.
Elements of distraction
Power to the people, abandoned parking meters
Some days ago I found this unused parking meter near a comercial area in Beijing. It was installed about 5 years ago, but for nothing. I was told that car owners didn’t know how to use it, and didn’t care about the whole thing. Now it stands as a testimony of the locals slipshod sense for authority.