Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DirecTV and Twitter Spam

Sunday's viewing of the return of Sherlock on PBS was marred by my digital cable repeatedly glitching. Annoyed, I took to Twitter to briefly vent. This triggered some oily DirecTV salesperson to try to pitch me on their service. I find this entirely inappropriate, regardless of the fact that I tweeted in public about my frustration with their competition.

A few companies have figured out how to use social media, most are still fumbling about, but DirecTV has it completely wrong. And with attitudes such as the one displayed by their salespeople, I will never even consider switching to DirecTV.



(In case the embedding above doesn't work or DirecTV gets tweetdelete happy, here's the conversation: )



And to cap it all off, some keyword spambot chimes in at the end. I really hate some aspects of life on the Internet.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Racial Awkwardness at the Drive-Through

I ordered a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit combo at Hardee's on my way to work this morning. When the restaurant employee--who is black*--handed me my meal, he said, "Here you go, Boss Man."

Call it white guilt or oversensitivity or insensitivity or reverse racism or racism racism, but my immediate (unexpressed, of course) reaction was, "What? No--I'm not your Boss Man. I'm just a white guy getting food from a black guy. I mean, no, it's not about colors. You can call me what you want, but--I'm not telling you how to speak, I'm just... look, I was hungry and simply wanted a breakfast biscuit, and I don't think I'm superior to you because of our skin. Why am I even thinking this; is my brain more racist than I thought? I hope he gave me a straw this time. Who still uses the term 'Boss Man' these days? Would he have said the same thing to me if I were black?"

I'm sure he gave it much less thought than I did.



*Disclaimer: I am not a racist.**

**Disclaimer disclaimer: I know this means neither that I never say racist things nor that no one will ever be racially offended by something I might say.***

***Disclaimer disclaimer note: I lost myself in the double triple multiple negatives in that sentence, but I'm sure you catch my drift. Or maybe you didn't not.