Strange: Internet ads for psychic & horoscope readings

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Dinosaur, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. Dinosaur Rational Skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    The existence of the Web is an indication of an advanced technological culture.

    Yet there are Internet ads for psychics & horoscope readers: Concepts which are based on ancient superstitions & belief in mystical phenomena.

    BTW: The signs of the Zodiac are based on the apparent position of various constellations as of circa 2000 to 4000 years ago. I wonder why I am still considered Aquarius. Don't these folks update their assignments to match the current positions of the constellations?
     
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  3. danshawen Valued Senior Member

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    Why would they do that? That would mean there was an actual basis of some sort for their kind of scam. There isn't. There doesn't need to be.

    The technological advance of the telephone didn't change society very much either, other than to give crooks and scam artists another technological venue to find easy marks. This trend persists even in the internet age.

    The thing that has changed the most seems to be that web enabled advertisers somehow feel they have an entitlement to customer data and advertising space/bandwidth/ from potential customer computing platforms and battery life from potential customer's mobile devices. They sell every scrap of data they can get, and it's no holds barred. They want to know were you go, whom you associate with, what you read, where you shop, what you buy, how you vote, what you eat, and how fast you drive. Touchscreen devices even record fingerprints. Even squeals are used when you are in earshot of your mobile device so that telephone solicitors know when you are in range to answer their unsolicited calls made from magic jacks from any country in the world. And you can't even call them back to harass them because their number disappears as soon as they hang up. Scammer's paradise, eh? And they only need to connect with one live mark in a million to turn a nice profit.

    If people could see the kind of demographic data they are giving away, whom they are gifting it to, and what those receiving it were doing with it, there would be a lot less of it made available by choice.
     
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