Hype!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Has The Internet Gone Too Far?

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

I remember back inrepparttar 1980s (history for many of you reading this), I had a friend working atrepparttar 141172 University of California who had access torepparttar 141173 Internet throughrepparttar 141174 University system. It was new, it was esoteric, it was for academicians, nerds, and professional scientists.

Another friend, a salesman, ponderedrepparttar 141175 commercial possibilities. "Sales and marketing," my University friend intoned, is "strongly frowned upon" byrepparttar 141176 Internet community.

Fast forward 20 to 25 years. What happened?

A system designed for researchers and academic communities to discuss ideas has become one ofrepparttar 141177 primary means of communication for individuals throughoutrepparttar 141178 world. It isrepparttar 141179 great leveler: a Bosnian peasant, a Kenyan tribesman, an urban ghetto adolescent, with access to a computer, is on a level with global corporations and top decision makers. The world wide web has created an unprecedented opportunity for verbal intercourse, far beyond anything that has historically been available, for anyone, evenrepparttar 141180 rich and powerful. Blogs, personalized and updated, perhaps several times a day, allowrepparttar 141181 most humble their day inrepparttar 141182 sun.

What have we done with this new weapon with its potential to uniterepparttar 141183 world and give every individual, no matter how powerless and lonely,repparttar 141184 chance to interact onrepparttar 141185 world stage?

We have commercialized it beyond any reasonable "make a sale" level. We have createdrepparttar 141186 ultimate international snake oil salesperson. We have takenrepparttar 141187 "great communicator" and transformed him intorepparttar 141188 "great con."

How did this happen? The desire to sell something - anything - morphed into simplyrepparttar 141189 desire to sell. Join any traffic site, SEO group, PR Newsletter, or Internet Forum and you will be immediately inundated with messages about selling.

Is there anything wrong with trying to sell a product? Of course not, that is what makesrepparttar 141190 wheels of commerce go round. I have no objection whatsoever to someone trying to sell me something - that is their job and I respect their right to pursue it.

What totally sickens me (how about you?) arerepparttar 141191 people who are not trying to sell me a product but are selling "how to sell."

The Eternal Lure Of Gambling

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

I just spent three days inrepparttar land of milk and money -Las Vegas. There is something refreshingly honest aboutrepparttar 141171 place: it's all about money and it knows it. It doesn't pretend to be anything else.

No doubt some ofrepparttar 141172 architects think that their work has some importance of its own:repparttar 141173 recreations of Venice, Camelot, Paris, Egypt, and New York. Battling pirate ships and erupting volcanoes aside, once you enterrepparttar 141174 themed palaces, they are allrepparttar 141175 same: crap tables, blackjack tables, roulette wheels, and thousands upon thousands of slot machines - all promising to give you a fun time while you lose your money inrepparttar 141176 pursuit of a possible fortune.

The lure of gambling has existed throughout recorded history but has never grippedrepparttar 141177 millions who now participate. We play state-sponsored lotteries, visit tribal and other legal casinos, create special accounts for Internet gaming, betrepparttar 141178 horses, betrepparttar 141179 dogs, bet on sports, fights, anything where we can catchrepparttar 141180 excitement of beatingrepparttar 141181 odds.

Moralists worry that a large percentage of those who risk their money, are those who cannot afford to risk anything:repparttar 141182 poor,repparttar 141183 unemployed,repparttar 141184 minimum wage fringe who, atrepparttar 141185 best of times, barely hang on torepparttar 141186 basement rung ofrepparttar 141187 economic ladder. They argue that gambling should be a pleasant pursuit for those who can afford to lose a reasonable amount, usingrepparttar 141188 money they have earned for purchasing excitement, entertainment, and momentary escape.

Who's kidding who?

Forrepparttar 141189 middle class gamblers who bet onrepparttar 141190 super bowl,repparttar 141191 derby,repparttar 141192 occasional lottery ticket, or visitrepparttar 141193 casinos once or twice a year, gambling is a diversion, a fun time, a little bit of excitement sandwiched betweenrepparttar 141194 realities of career advancement, building a nest egg, raising children, and doing their civic duties. The thrill of a potential win isrepparttar 141195 lure of proving their ability to compete, to come out on top, to better their opponents,repparttar 141196 pros,repparttar 141197 odds,repparttar 141198 morning line. It is a personal challenge that can boost their self-confidence when they win but has few negative effects when they lose because their real self-image relates torepparttar 141199 important aspects of their lives, separate from their gaming ventures.

It is those who cannot afford to lose who become addicted torepparttar 141200 lure of chance. Stuck in minimum wage employment, withoutrepparttar 141201 education,repparttar 141202 skills, orrepparttar 141203 entrepreneurial savvy to work their way uprepparttar 141204 social and economic pyramid, they see gambling asrepparttar 141205 promise of a permanent way out, a tsunami that can sweep them instantaneously torepparttar 141206 top, an overnight millionaire. A lottery ticket, a slot machine, a pick 6 wager, plays no favorites. The poor,repparttar 141207 homeless,repparttar 141208 forgotten,repparttar 141209 have-nots, all compete withrepparttar 141210 rich and famous on an equal footing. They become hooked on continued gaming because it isrepparttar 141211 only chance of reachingrepparttar 141212 lifestyle they want to achieve.

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