Not sure just who and what story you're thinking of, but I'm constantly
reminded how prescient Pohl and Kornbluth were in "The Space Merchants" and
"Gladiator at Law", not to mention the (nearly 20 years later) John Brunner
novel "The Sheep Look Up".
Those are related stories, and even better examples than the one I was
thinking of, whose title I've forgoteen. Its plot was that the lower
down the socio-economic scale you were, the more you had to consume. The
hero was hoping for a promotion, so he could buy less. The authorities
actually punished you by making you buy _more_ if you missed out on
buying the latest hyped crapola. So you ended up in deep debt. Only the
pwoerful did not have to buy anything; and they were debt free, of
course. The story actually satirises some common (and inconsistent)
notions of wealth, which might be worth pondering, too. :-)
Oh, I have it installed, I just moved the plug-in from Mozilla's
plug-in directory, so Mozilla doesn't automatically start it up. There
may be a way to control that behaviour, but I haven't found it. Advice,
If Flash were configured so that I could turn it on and off at my
discretion, I wouldn't mind it at all.
In fact, if you don't click that box, the intro stops and the page just sits
showing the last frame of the animation. There are no links, no menu, nothing
box that says to click here for a list of Trainman dealers. At least the thing
should go on and transition into the next sequence.
"I owe my soul to the company store" - Sixteen Tons by Merle Travis*
"There's a brand new shopping center seven storys high
There's bound to be a sale or two -- something we can buy
There's four floors of pak\rking and we're sure to find a space
We'll spend all the money that the government doesn't take
Down in the mall
I'll be your man
We'll go shopping, babe
It's something we can stand
Down in the mall
We will abide
Up on the escalator
Darling, we will ride" - Down in the Mall by Warren Zevon
* which got him considered a communist by the FBI; but then what can you
expect from a cross-dressing old queen on the make?
I think by then McCarthy's star had waned and Elvis was too popular -
they got on Travis' case in '47 or '48, when certain forces were seeking to
have anything smacking of concern for workers' rights labeled communist.
Some of the same folk go on and on about boiling hot coffeeoid beverage
I don't think that was the point of the original posts in this thread.
I might have a Flash player and still have a slow dialup connection
where I wish not to view some Flash animation.
This relly getting OT even for this OT thread. :-)