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A Plug for Watching “Shtisel”

Gutbloom

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Netflix/Dori Media

As I say in almost every post, “I hate the world we have created”. I just bought a used car. Back in the 90s, we were promised that the Internet would give us information. Making an “informed purchase”, like a car, was supposed to get easier. That hasn’t happened. I’ve been duped. The crap now fed to me by the iron pig is garbage. This is not what I signed up for.

In the old days if you wanted to make an “informed decision” about a used car, you went to the library and looked for the special edition of Consumer Reports devoted to automobiles. You didn’t really have to look. The librarian would get it for you. They often had several similar publications. The 2021 buying guide from Road & Track magazine, for example. They also had a hard copy of the Kelly Blue Book. Armed with the book value of the car you were looking for and the “reliability” ratings from Consumer Reports (total research time < 2 hours) you looked at your local newspaper’s classified ads on Thursday or bought a weekly “Auto Trader” to see what was for sale.

So now, imagine if you will, all of that printed material sitting, unorganized, on a desk. The same Consumer Reports “automobiles” edition is there, plus the one from Road & Track, but in addition to them are fifty or sixty other ad-driven magazines PRETENDING to be…

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Gutbloom

Tribune of Medium. Mayor Emeritus of LiveJournal. Third Pharaoh of the Elusive Order of St. John the Dwarf. I am to Medium what bratwurst is to food.