Aristotle claimed that "happiness is the meaining and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence." And for good reason.
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May 17, 2015
Here's one for you.While looking for an informational reading article to connect to the chapters in Voltaire's Candide that question our conceptions of what it take to make one happy, you know money, power, toys,etc, for the Candide Google Lit Trip refresh, I came across this site. It's a pretty good articulation of a broader spectrum of considerations regarding how we believe we can be happy.
And then I noticed the ad in the upper left corner for the Robb Report. It wasn't coincidence. While searching for an informational reading article just two days ago while working on the refresh for the Lit Trip for Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, I had gone to the Robb Report looking for articles challenging students to think about the 1% vs the 99% question and the public discourse on the fairness or unfairness of unequal distribution of wealth. The Robb Report is always good for "defending" conspicuous consumption.
Well, you know how the internet tracks our "interests" by tracking ads we click. Having visited the Robb Report, ads for the Robb Report seem to be showing up on nearly every website I visit.
The irony of a Robb Report ad appearing on this page questioning the common notions that more toys, and the more expensive those toys are, equals more happiness is just too ironic not to share.
You won't see this ad on this page yourself because your use of the internet will lead those who figured out how to place ads they think will entice you will place different ads on the page.
So... You just might want to download the image above (https://www.flickr.com/photos/30776705@N04/17755552036/in/dateposted-public/) and file it for your next lesson on irony or juxtaposition, or stealth marketing, or dare I say, data-based decision making?
Here's the URL for the Robb Report (www.Robbreport.com) just in case it occurs to you that a great jigsaw lesson can be built from these two informational reading resources.
BTW...I can't help but wonder if the Robb Report is short for the Robber Baron Report.
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