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12 Aug 2013

Marketing is destroying the world!

In 1898 scientist, Marie Curie (that sexy hunk-of-change in the photo – doesn’t she look a little like Tina Fey?) discovered the element radium. This came at a time when science was exploding. Great minds were unlocking mysteries daily. The possibilities for radium and the secrets of the universe it might unlock seemed endless at the time. So endless in fact that the marketing gurus got hold of it and now we have the problem.

So great was the hype that surrounded radium that many companies jumped on the bandwagon. Radium anti-aging products, radium razor blades and many other radium-based products, some of which consumers were meant to ingest, were all the rage. The private sector cashed in big time on radium’s pseudo celebrity from within the scientific community. How would a radium infused razor blade even work or make your shave better?

Do you know why Marie Curie called radium, radium? It’s because it emits waves, which seem to have radio wave like properties. In other words, it’s radioactive. Now today, we all know to stay away from anything radioactive. It’s toxic for human. However, without even checking for any of that, the marketers rode the wave and cashed in. Even at the time, researchers realized radium, and some other metals at the top end of the periodic table, burned the skin when touched. Still, dodgy businessmen marketed it to the public, as a miracle cure for all sorts. One has to question the ethics of this and other similar practices. In addition, one must question why society allows these unscrupulous individuals to get away with their dodgy dealings. It seems ludicrous that people with a silver tongue can exploit any new discovery with some media coverage, no matter the cost.

It’s time to start thinking for ourselves. When the latest "it" gadget receives the right marketing and media, it doesn’t mean it’s good for us. It only means it has a high potential of making someone else more money.

Marie Curie died in 1934 from radium poisoning...
Think for yourself and stop being a mindless human being.
Read more about what I think about marketing in Marketing targeted at children. and what I think about the mind in What is the mind?

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  1. Is it marketing or is it ignorance? Wouldn't that make a great marketing tagline?

  2. Hmmm, interesting :)
    And you probably right on both accounts to varying degrees.
    Well, education is the opposite of ignorance (is that right?).
    I guess that's why we write articles and books :)
    Thanks Jack.
    I appreciate the comment.

  3. It's not marketing that is destroying the world. Willful blindness, apathy or simply a lack of critical thinking is more to blame for society's downward slide. Marketing—the act of persuasion—isn't inherently evil; it's a benign function of communication. Just as those selfish and greedy organizations use marketing to exploit ideas, so do all the most generous organizations endeavour to push us towards something better for all.