Ugliness (was Re: 10 PACK UPDATE!!!)

kenneth marken k-marken at
Sat Apr 26 11:47:14 CEST 2008

On Saturday 26 April 2008 11:07:15 Nick Guenther wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 4:15 PM, Stroller <linux.luser at> wrote:
> >  On 25 Apr 2008, at 16:25, Lowell Higley wrote:
> > > Nine out of ten "typical consumers" I show it to think it's ugly and
> >
> > wouldn't buy it because of looks alone.  If I show it to a techie type, I
> > get the "what are the specs?" question.  Lesson?  To the consumer, beauty
> > is only skin deep.
> Perhaps, but consider also that most consumers hate cellphones because
> they are too convoluted to use; perhaps a lot of them buy based on
> looks, then, not because they are shallow, but because techies (like
> us) force complexity down their throats that they never asked for and
> so refuse to deal with deciding between.
> Let's not look down from an ivory tower upon the unwashed masses of
> consumers (especially since we are trying to win 'them' over to the
> open way)!

sadly, im leaning towards that being a uphill battle that will never be won.
you cant show off openness, but you can show of that new video you just 
downloaded off some service...

> >  This is typical of the consumer, though (and of the place the mobile
> > phone has taken in the mainstream, of "reflecting" the owner's
> > "personality").
> To be fair, everything is about this though, not just mobiles. Cars
> and homes and food choices and on and on.

indeed, but i cant shake the feel that people are more overt about it 

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