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Kardashian Rush Rocks Tech Bubble
The battle of the tech titans has heated up as Facebook has responded to Google’s appointment of Kim Kardashian as company spokestar by hiring Kourtney K as “the face of Facebook.” Yahoo has responded by snapping up the remaining Kardashian sister Khloe in the hope of trying to remain competitive in the cut-throat competition for online traffic. Microsoft, ever on the ball, is attempting to sign the lost Kardashian sister Kougar but George Lopez remains coy about her whereabouts. Reports that Google asked Kim to legally change her name to “Kardassian” are being denied by the company.
Some observers have been, to put it frankly, stupefied by this marriage between reality show stars and over-priced tech ventures. The reasoning behind it goes something like this: these chicks know how to sell, even when they don’t have anything worth selling. They’re a model for any tech bubble looking to further inflate itself. Out of thin air through the magic of flash and trash they’ve managed to sell themselves to an unsuspecting public. Where did they come from? How did they get here? Why do we continue to pay any attention to them? Nobody knows the answers to these
questions and yet we remain loyal subjects to these self-appointed media royals. Whatever their magic is, it’s something the tech industry would like to have more of as they drain our hard-earned savings into one illusory venture after another. In short, it’s a marriage made in heaven.
One industry analyst commented that fifty years from now when the history of the internet is written, it will basically be a story about how some companies got a Kardashian sister and how the others went down the drain. This doesn’t bode well for Microsoft despite their assurances that they will eventually come to terms with Kougar K. Company official have expressed both dismay and puzzlement over claims that they are making themselves a laughing stock through their pursuit of Kougar. “Our technology will be fully Kardashian-enabled by the end of this year,” reported Microsoft’s technology chief.
Considerable controversy has erupted over the question of whether all Kardashian sisters are equal in value. While Google claims to have the original item, Facebook maintains that the brand is shared among them, making each sister equally capable of representing what their respective companies are all about.
The rush on Kardashian sisters has provided new impetus for the biotech industry to finally bring to market a human cloning service. According to an industry spokesperson, “This Kardashian shortage could be the spark that prompts the FDA to clear away the regulatory hurdles on human cloning. Once this technology becomes available, we can foresee a day when every company with enough money can have a Kardashian sister of its own. This kind of technical innovation could provide the competitive advantage that allows American companies to prevail over low cost rivals in Asia. What we’re looking at here is potentially a new golden age for American business – the Kardashian Age.”
dressed up for sale to an educated audience. Their courageous stance against the cash-grab mentality draws supporters who view them as heroes of sustainability, but it also draws vitriolic opposition and charges of extremism. There is on-going debate about the boundaries between committed advocacy and megalomania. The story unfolds beneath the threat of declining social cohesion and all the ugly possibilities that come with that. Personal and political drama is entangled in characters determined to make their lives about something. It’s an inspiring story of hope based not on delusion but on America’s long history of self-renewal.
NO MOCKINGBIRDS KILLED …
and no zombies stopped. What is the fascination with these misleading titles? Why is there not an honesty-in advertising rule for novels? So, if you don’t get any zombies, what do you get? What you get is a story about the kind of leadership that comes from youth. This leadership provides a fresh vision and moral ambition that tends to fade with age. Ideally, it would be welcomed, but unfortunately, it’s opposed. Therein lies the story – the conflict and the hazards of challenging the prevailing culture of a nation.
While it is an exercise in irreverence, some might even call it a mockery manual, the book aims to serve as a work of translation between bookspeak and streetspeak. It attempts to forge a union between academic concepts and cartoon comedy.
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