virus: Creating demand thru ? (was epistemology of email)

Rhonda Chapman (
Fri, 21 May 1999 23:57:10 -0700

I agree with some of what you are saying, especially "the popularity of the product creates the demand". But, I still don't agree that it is quality. I believe quality will generate repeat sales. For first time "purchase", my opinion is people are attracted to something that stimulates them in someway. Your example of "shocking" news is suggestive of this idea.


-----Original Message-----
From: Traumatic Dog <>
To: <> Date: Friday, May 21, 1999 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: virus: epistemology of email

>On Mon, 17 May 1999, Rhonda Chapman wrote:
>> >>One creates demand by providing quality.
>> It would be a wonderful world if this were true. However, if it is, how
>> you explain pet rocks, talking christmas trees, and beanie babies?
>And Microsoft Windows. That's one crappy piece of software,
>and still, all the marketing praises it and it is always
>shown in positive light.
>The PERCEPTION is different from reality, none the less
>the perceived quality/popularity/etc of the product create
>the demand.
>It is perception that matters. Not reality when marketing things.
>Same thing with news articles. Shocking shit that gets more sales
>is best, be it true or false. If false, you can write twice about