“It’s a bug not a feature” has made the rounds again. I first noticed it in Ted Cruz’s embarrassingly fawning love letter to Donald Trump in Time. Then I saw Paul Krugman in the New York Times note that Trump’s war on the poor was a bug not a feature. A quick Google search reveals that this line refers to everything from survival to the uterus. The oldest use of this term I could find was from back in 1978.
While I like the fact that a programming-based term has gone mainstream, I prefer a variation from the 1980s group China Crisis, which titled their Walter Becker-produced 1985 album “Flaunt the Imperfection.”
Did you “delete Facebook”? If not, you’re in good company. Facebook’s daily active users in North America increased in the first quarter. Why? People already knew that Facebook was using their data for advertising purposes and were OK with it. That’s not to excuse abuses like the Cambridge Analytica incident, but if people were really upset they’d leave and they’re not.
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In 1970, ad execs realized that although shows like Hee Haw and Petticoat Junction had high ratings, people watching those shows couldn’t afford the products being advertised during those telecasts.
As a result, the networks canceled shows that had high ratings but the “wrong” demographics.
About 50 years later, the entertainment industry is more centered on consumers on the coasts than those in flyover country. This allegiance with Blue America then was at least in part driven by economics.