Attention Shoppers
  • Rexasaurus
    January 9, 2009

    Kind of like KISS with all the makeup, except in reverse kind of.

  • Tacoma
    February 9, 2009

    Yeah at first I stopped shopping places that increased their prices and then instituted discount cards.

    Now I think the answer is to set up a discount card account for your dog in case he should ever want to use it. Use the phone number and address of the local chain pizza joint. Give all your friends the number so they can use the same account. Suddenly you’ve robbed the store of its tracking ability.

    Or do what I do and shop at discount supermarkets that are already as cheap as they can be.

    I like the mask idea. Probbaly illegal according to the Patriot Act to walk around wearing a mask. You’d probably get stopped for numerous unlawful searches by the police.

    The trick, I think, is getting everyone to do it. If everyone wore masks constantly the police would have to just accept it. Maybe make you take them off when you enter a bank.

  • Sev
    February 19, 2009

    Actually, if everyone wore masks all the time, taking your mask off would probably be an attempt to hide your identity.

  • Rory
    April 27, 2009

    Ooh, I know this one! Taking off the mask is putting on airs, a societal mask-metaphor. One would acquire celebrity, notoriety, reputation, infamy, as a result of removing one’s mask. But hey, society will never know who you are anyway, it’s not capable of cognition.

  • Konrad
    July 9, 2009

    If everyone wore masks and went around anonymously, wouldn’t the concept of identity be inexistent? (because everyone would be similar) Taking the mask off would just be an attempt to cause… anarchy… and would make you more detectable.

    Also, maybe no one “cares” about you… You may be tracked or have your every move recorded, but ultimately, maybe all that surveillance will be obsolete. Paranoia (it’s how I see Grrrl’s actions) in this scope would be giving yourself way too much importance to the eyes of “The Man”.

  • Pere
    August 21, 2009

    There’s a wonderful SF story called “The Moon Moth” set in a society where everyone has to wear masks that illustrate their station and play instruments indicating the nuances of polite conversation when they speak. The story is told from the POV of a hapless outsider who pretty much makes a mess of everything. Great stuff about the rigidity of societal norms and playing with identity.

  • Bethani
    October 16, 2009

    I like the way you see things. :)

  • Steve Roberts
    August 11, 2010

    On the internet we wear masks as default.

    That is, until you come under police scrutiny and your isp coughs up seven years of everything you’ve ever done on the internet.

  • Steve Roberts
    August 11, 2010

    Of course, I make a very slim point by not wearing a
    mask, that is to say, using my real name. But it’s far too common and I’m far too much of a complete nobody for it to be a real gesture.

  • kest schwartzman
    September 20, 2010

    How is a wearing a mask different from wearing pants? I wear pants all the time, but I still expect people to recognize me. I wear a mask sometimes (and the police don’t care a wit, for what that’s worth) and i STILL expect people to recognize me.

  • Atropos
    December 30, 2010

    Of course people still recognize you; you’re that crazy person who goes around wearing a mask.

  • Mr. Non Sequitur
    March 31, 2012

    If you constantly use a secret identity for everything, what’s your “real” identity for?

  • Colin
    May 22, 2013

    A great Halloween gag.

  • Kain
    February 28, 2015

    To all the comments… It would only take a day to completely change the world… Just one act by everyone on earth… Just decide to do something at the same time… If everyone went 1day without buying gas, prices would plummet… If no one watched tv for 24 hours, stations might reconsider their programming…

    A single day, for all the world… And a change forever…

  • greg
    February 22, 2017

    Sorry, Kain, a one-day boycott on gasoline wouldn’t do a damn thing.

  • Hordemaster
    November 25, 2020

    This thread aged … oddly.

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