There's nothing in the world rather so cynical as marketing. The majority of us just accept it as a fact of life, which it is. For some of us there's always a little grumble of annoyance at the back of our minds whenever we're required to bear with someone trying to offer us something.
On one hand, a reasonable choice needs to be that anyone selling anything has to make customers familiar with exactly what's offered. You can't always count on buyers to actively seek you out. Advertising is reasonable enough, on that basis.
Roadside billboards, radio advertisements, TV advertisements and printed ads are a passive attempt to engage with individuals with money to spend. You don't have to pay attention if you don't desire to, even though lots of people do.
No one can argue that you don't in some cases gain helpful details from advertising. It's good to know, for example, that there's a car parts store half an hour's drive from your home that you didn't understand about, and never ever would have understood about if not for marketing.
On the other hand, the age of linked gadgets has actually brought with it an extremely different type of marketing. We're talking about pop-ups, banner ads that are difficult to shut down, and pre/mid-roll on videos. These are the business truths of the digital age. Advertising helps keep publications like this running, so it would be mighty hypocritical people to call it all bad. It's about to get even worse.
This week we discovered of a system constructed by an American company called Telenav. It will enable advertisers to pipe their commercials straight to your car's media screen when the car is fixed. Adverts you never ever requested and never ever accepted accept. This, we have a problem with.
Adverts will be delivered either under threat of punitive damages if you do not 'select' to watch them, or with a bribe-shaped discount on the cost of your connected cars and truck services if you do see them. It depends upon which method you wish to take a look at it. A Telenav spokesperson stated:
" This method helps automobile makers balance out expenses related to connected services, such as cordless information, content, software and cloud services.
" In return for accepting advertisements in lorries, chauffeurs gain from access to linked services without membership costs, along with brand-new driving experiences that originate from the highly-targeted and relevant deals delivered based on details originating from the automobile."
With innovation currently able to check which way your face is turned and which way your eyes are looking, the vehicle might know whether you're watching these commercials or not. It might even pause them if you avert, or choose not to let you access the net until you've watched the entire advert(s).
Forgive me if I'm being over-dramatic, but that sounds like being held to ransom in your very own car. Your cars and truck is your personal area. It's a personal cocoon that you keep exactly the way you desire it. You make it look the method you desire, you make it sound the method you want and you make it feel the method you desire. Your option of model alone is a reflection of who you are, even if the car itself is unmodified. It's yours, and only you must get to decide what goes on inside it.
Now advertisers wish to violate those personal limits and stick their hungry mouths in where we don't desire them. They don't care whether you want to be left alone, or that it's your private area. They wish to turn every personal vehicle into a way to force you to see their sales pitch.
To this we say no, thank you. Advertising on public transport is fair game, but not in people's personal vehicles. We do not desire marketing in our vehicles. Not now, and not ever.
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