Completely unintended consequences: “culture” in e-commerce

@JeniT, someone I follow on Twitter, asked this question an hour ago:

Lazily, innocently, I replied:

To which Jeni came back with:

So as you would imagine, I had to go to the Amazon page and take a look. A proper look. And then it happened.

I got lost.

Completely lost.


Mesmerised? Mesmerised doing what?

Mesmerised reading the collaborative filter for this product, “people who looked at this also looked at” …… highlights of which I list below:

  • Canned unicorn meat
  • 2009-2014 outlook for wooden toilet seats somewhere or other
  • UFO detector
  • Scientific testicle self-exam something or other
  • The best of David Hasselhof
  • Live ladybugs
  • Tattoos for babies
  • Roswell soil sample

I could go on, but won’t. You get my drift.

Yes the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt is there somewhere. You can see the whole thing here. It’s fascinating for me to see how humour and satire invade the depths of e-commerce, a “corruption” of cyberspace that enthralls me.


4 thoughts on “Completely unintended consequences: “culture” in e-commerce”

  1. Wasn’t there a huge craze for “automatic writing” in the early 20th century? That’s what I’m reminded of with quasi-random “surfing” on the web … semi-related items for folk who are in a state of “constant partial attention”.

    On the up-side there can be serendipity; I only yesterday came across
    Prof. Michael Byron and his curriculum vitae (see his “Evidentiary Fallacies and Empirical Data”) all of which landed me at “Satisficing and Maximizing: Moral Theorists on Practical Reason” on Amazon.


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