Through web polling, we can get a quick reading on the opinions of the masses ( or at least that portion of the masses that actually clicks on web polls ) so that we can stay inside ( or if you're antisocial, outside ) accepted norms. Here's an all purpose alternative. Boil anything down to two choices. Pose your question and post photos representing your two choices. The brilliance of this is that you can manipulate the results through careful selection of those pics. Kind of like your own personal push poll.
As if anyone cared
Conspicuous consumption, meet Web 2.0. Cliqck allows you to post information about the last thing you bought and why. Now you can share with the world that you just purchased a new 8GB iPod Touch despite the fact that you have three perfectly functioning iPods with a combined storage total of 132 GB ( and have less than a gig of data for them ) because "it's cool." There's room for users to comment on your finds, but they won't. Nobody ever does, except to snark. Why? Well.. maybe because the site is populated by narcissists who think anyone gives a shit what they buy.
Remember, You break it; you bought it
While we're on shopping, it's Black Friday as I write this and I'm glad to not be one of the masses huddled out in front of some big box at 4AM to get a deal. I do almost all my shopping online. Retail stores are just showrooms to me now. ( Except the Apple Store—me going in there is like a junkie going into a heroin showroom. It's just best to stay away. ) One of the beauties of it is you can easily shop from vendors all over the world, like this one in the Netherlands. Just be careful if you handle the merchandise. K?
All your privacy are belong to us
Thanks to the Web, Warhol's 15 minutes prophecy is rapidly becoming true. Unfortunately for many of us the fame is going to be for doing something stupid. I wouldn't be surprized if the Urban Dictionary soon has an entry for "Colvin." Here's a warning for you. Bosses look at social networking pages and blogs. Don't ask for time off for a "family emergency" over Halloween and then post photos of yourself at a party dressed as a fairy. He might be tempted to call you on it with the photo—an CC: the rest of the office.