News story cracked me up

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  1. Simon Liquid macrumors regular

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    It's a story on USA today about Rush Limbaugh's addiction to the painkiller hydrocodone. What is really hilarious is the spot at the bottom of the page for advertising links related to the story. Both are for quick, easy places to buy the drug in question.
     
  2. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816

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    Wow. Huh. I don't know. Is that bad taste? Or a clever cross-promotion? I just.... wow. In any case, poor guy. Hate him dearly, but poor guy.
     
  3. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    It's the same thing as having an article about all the negative effects of cigarettes with Marlboro ads all over the page.

    It's a sick joke, saying 'If you're stupid enough to want these drugs even though you just read about how disgusting it is, here's where you can get them!'

    Or, the advertising people are simply out of their minds.

    I'll go with the latter. :p



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  4. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    Maybe we'll get lucky and the rest of the neo-con "journalists" like Hannity, Coulter, Drudge, Scarbourough and the rest will click that link and buy, buy, buy. Some might argue that god gave Rush what he deserved.
    Instant Karma, dude.
     
  5. MacRumorSkeptic macrumors regular

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    Maybe we'll get lucky and the rest of the neo-con "journalists" like Hannity, Coulter, Drudge, Scarbourough and the rest will click that link and buy, buy, buy. Some might argue that god gave Rush what he deserved.
    Instant Karma, dude.


    The people you listed are not journalists, they are political commentators.
     
  6. arn macrumors god

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    It's contextual advertising. The ads are based on the content of the page. It can't distinguish tone/intent. Just the word "vicodin" etc...

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    So the computer just chooses random words from the headline and puts in a corresponding advertisement? Sounds like the people running the site are really lazy...



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  8. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    haha, thats classic...

    :p


    Rush's story is BS from the start... it just shows if you want some dirt on anyone... you can easily get it.

    :(
     
  9. arn macrumors god

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    It's not lazy, it's actually considered the next big step in advertising.

    News sites generate hundreds of new content pages a day. Should there be someone who reads each article, and gets on the phone with potential advertisers to sell space for that particular ad?

    Instead, they just go through an ad network which has advertisers for various products and the computer automatically matches content to advertisers.

    obviously, sometimes there are misses... in this case. But, for most content, it works.

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  10. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    I can just see some extreme "misses" like an article on anti-abortion and then ads for abortion clinics...or an article on the evils of prostitution and ads for escort services...oh, the possibilities. ;)
     
  11. arn macrumors god

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    Yep... it's happened:

    http://news.zdnet.co.uk/internet/ecommerce/0,39020372,39116045,00.htm

    "In one recently publicised example, Google served a luggage ad with a New York Post story about a murder victim whose body parts were found in a suitcase. "
     
  12. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Seems like a good place for some intelligent-agent software that can recognize at least most of the inappropriate stuff.
     
  13. agreenster macrumors 68000

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    Now the ads at the bottom of THIS page are for drugs. Silly.
     
  14. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Rush, Jack Osborne

    Weird that they both got addicted to the same drug. Maybe Jack can be his sponsor in NA (narcotics anonymous). :)
     
  15. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    exactly. have you read Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them? Great book!

    normally i have the utmost sympathy for those who face drug addiction and the utmost respect for those who finally seek treatment. But, most drug addicts have never gone on national radio/TV condemning drug addicts to be either a) deported or b) given the fullest penalty allowed by law.

    so, i think rush deserves to be stuck in a foreign prison for a couple of decades.

    should clear that nasty little addiction right up.

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    (someone who has been addicted to vicoden himself)
     
  16. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    I was wondering how long it would take this thread to get kicked into politics...:D
     
  17. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    yeah sorry about that, i missed the other rush forums and jumped in here. i'd move the post, but i i'm lazy. ah well.

    :)

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  18. tazo macrumors 68040

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    Man that is classic! A sad story, but classic!
     

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