Daily Archives: August 6, 2005

The Trouble with Google Ads

Google (at least I assume it’s Google) sells ads based on the content of whatever you happen to be reading. But context is everything. If, for instance, you’re reading the story in today’s Greenwich Time about the shipboard murder of a young Greenwich resident (click on link, below) you probably aren’t going to be receptive to an ad for a cruise on the Royal Caribbean.

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When they came for my cell phone I was silent

Now that Connecticut has joined New Jersey in uselessly banning hand-held cell phones in cars,I wonder whether it will follow that state in another bit of lunacy: a New Jersey legislator has proposed banning cigarette smoking while driving – a distraction, she claims. Pretty soon we’ll have no radios in our cars, no cupholders,and inoperable windows (they let in distracting cool breezes and odors!). It could be worse: the EU has just enacted a law that requires employers of outdoor construction workers to force them to wear shirts and sunblock (click on the link button below if you think I’m kidding). Forget the Nanny State; we’re rapidly moving toward a Nanny Universe.

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