What’s that got to do with the price of ads in Russia?

I’ve been reading comments on articles about the Russian intelligence effort to influence the US election by social media subterfuge. I know this is a dumb idea. It directly goes against Matt Groening’s advice: “No matter how good the video on YouTube is, don’t read the comments, just don’t, because it will make you hate all humans.” But, against my better judgment, I’ve come across an argument a few times that I want to discuss. It goes something like this: “Clinton and Trump spent $81M dollars on Facebook ads, but we’re supposed to believe that Russia spending just $46K made an impact? Yeah right, libtards, har har har.” Fair enough. The candidates spent a butt-load more money than the Russians did, as they should have. The basis of the argument is real: Facebook’s lawyers came right out and testified those exact numbers to Congress. It would be naive to argue …

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on Missing the Mark

I was a “Child of the 90’s.” For some reason, Microsoft has decided this is a fantastic reason for me to use their browser, Internet Explorer. Their latest commercial attempts to connect fads of the decade and using their product, which for me, were years apart. The first time I remember anyone using Internet Explorer, with any regularity, was after 1998. Until then most people were connected to the internet using a portal like AOL, and its built-in browser. Even then, there were other options – Netscape was popular as well. Everything in this IE commercial, for me, was happening years before the internet was around. I definitely was not wearing light-up shoes, or playing with POGS, at the same time that I was using Napster. I didn’t have a ‘fanny-pack’ and a 56k modem at the same time, and I wasn’t dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail moments …

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