Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Tuesday, May 31, 2005

    This crap really steams me

    Every other industry in the free market tries to find ways to capture customers out of new demographics. It is part and parcel of the capitalistic system. Most of the time, people say something like "wow, the video game industry is trying to reach out to girl gamers. That's kind of cool." But not when it's tobacco. Apparently the tobacco industry "exploits" customers rather than simply selling them a product they want. And it's not "market research", it's "pure unadulterated evil" when they try to examine different demographics and what might attract them to the tobacco product.


    Adults need to be treated like adults. If Big Tobacco wants to sell to a demographic (over 18), they should be allowed to consider all their options, and there's nothing evil about them doing so. They're selling a legal product to a legal customer and that should be the end of it. All these hand-wringing ninnies should find a hobby or get a job or something.

    Posted by Tom, 5/31/2005 5:33:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...