Monday, February 16, 2009
New words for new times. A year ago, no one would have heard of these tags. Now, thanks to journalism and the viral (good kind) nature of life, we have:
Catvertising...Warner Brothers unleashed a slew of logo-clad black cats in London on Friday the 13th, timed to alert the public of the release of game, F.E.A.R. 2:Project Origin. Black cat, Friday the 13th, get it?
Note: not to be confused with other forms of catvertising, the increasingly popular kitten cams, which are ridiculously cute time sucks. They do include ads for insurance, plumbing, and other unrelated products and services, but fortunately, no branded cat blankets (yet).
Octa-Mom, the now famous Nadya Suleman, who recently gave birth to eight children. At once. And she already had six.
Tongues are wagging, and blogs are blabbing because the unemployed, unwed mother sought in vitro fertilization. Media darling or target of abstemious, thrifty, tree-huggers?
In any case, the media is lapping this stuff up. And I guess we are too.
Car Czar...fun to say, but now we don't get one. Obama has chosen to appoint a task force to restructure the struggling U.S. auto industry. Instead of one sole individual. Auto-crat. Moto-mogul. Nope, car czar wins.
Overshare. What one does on Twitter or Facebook when lacking self-edit instincts.
Example, "I think I'll have another cup of coffee, feeling tired this morning."
Also, F2F version, TMI (too much information). Ever find yourself listening to someone's views on religion, politics, sex, money, their medical history, or other musings more appropriate for a therapist? Do they not notice your lack of participation in the "conversation?"
Can we invent a hand signal that says TMI?