April 19, 2004

Fafnir of Fafblog Gets It 100% Wrong

Fafnir of Fafblog gets it 100% wrong:

Fafblog! the whole worlds only source for Fafblog.: Yknow this is somethin I have always wanted! I am sick and tired of reading Fareed Zakaria go on and on about what we must do to create a free and stable Iraq while having no idea what kind of SUV he drives. Television and movies tell me what to buy all the time. Why can't my newspaper?

Just imagine this!

Hi, I'm Paul Krugman. As I sat down at my computer to write up a scathing rebuke of the Bush administration's fiscal policy, I opened up a scathing, bubbling, fresh A&W Cream Soda. Ahhhh... now that's liberally refreshing!

See just reading that makes me want to guzzle down a cool cold A&W and thats not even the real Paul Krugman. Which is why I want the real Paul Krugman to endorse products! Maybe he doesnt drink A&W. Maybe he drinks Mountain Dew! Although that would be so strange. It would totally make me rethink Paul Krugman if he were a Mountain Dew drinker. Or maybe it would make me rethink Mountain Dew! Perhaps it would acquire a more learned, fiscally sound gravitas, a more respectable and mature tone I usually associate with Schweppes. The possibilities are endless! Or at least endful, but in a cheap, briefly kinda-interesting way.

I have it on good authority that Paul Krugman drinks nothing but diet coke; and that Fareed Zakaria, desperate to reduce America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil, drives a Honda Insight.

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I would have guessed Jolt and a Vincent Black Shadow...

Posted by: jim in austin on April 19, 2004 08:35 PM

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I have always pictured Fareed driving a 'vette. And Paul seems like a heavy iced coffee drinker to me. The really sugary, headache-inducing kind.

What does Gary Becker drive? A DeLorean?

Posted by: Chris on April 19, 2004 08:43 PM

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<sarcasm>Hey! I drink diet coke! Wow, that's like just way too cool. I'm like Paul Krugman. Man, I rock!</sarcasm>

Posted by: Rook on April 19, 2004 08:45 PM

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Now I see it - DeLong (delong?) is a trademark ignorer, or, worse, the e.e. cummings of economics - it's Diet Coke - as Coke will be delighted to tell delong, "'Diet Coke' is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company." - he probably uses xerox, too - sloppy, sloppy - he'd excoriate a Bush House economist for that....

Posted by: fatbear on April 19, 2004 08:52 PM

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Me, I'm looking forward to Brad DeLong's Nextel Semi-Daily Journal Powered By Kia.

Posted by: Chris on April 19, 2004 08:58 PM

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...featuring the LensCrafters Insightful Comment of the Day.

Posted by: Chris on April 19, 2004 09:01 PM

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There was a suggestion that Governor Arnold raise money for California through product placements: "Here I am, proposing my budget with a Coke and a smile!"

Posted by: Brad DeLong on April 19, 2004 09:05 PM

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Only savages drink Diet Coke, or fizzy drinks of any kind.

I see Krugman as an espresso drinker. For lunch he chews a piece of string to maintain his rage.

Posted by: Harry Hutton on April 19, 2004 10:33 PM

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Must... have... Diet... Coke...

Posted by: agrajag on April 19, 2004 10:33 PM

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I'm happy to say that education is shielded from this crass comercialism. Now excuse me, as I join my colleague John H, the Kirin Professor of Marketing in the Arthur Andersen auditorium, for the Bank of America lecture series.

I used to make the last slide in my classes mimick the credits of a TV series, something like "Produced by the Haas School; Jose Silva dressed by Ross Dress For Less; Catering by Jimmy Bean's." Now maybe that joke will be one of the options to monetize our schools. (More disturbing ideas have been proposed, seriously, by people of influence.)

J

Posted by: Jose Silva on April 19, 2004 11:33 PM

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Fafnir, no doubt, approves of Brad DeLong, who has graciously (yet unambiguously) told Fafnir what to drink (black currant tea heavily laden with cream and sugar), how to organize his bookmarks (Furl), what to read (Anglomania, by the excellent Ian Buruma) and, of course, what to drive (a Subaru Legacy wagon, but only after spending eight years penance in a 1996 brown Ford Taurus wagon) -- with all of these pearls of consumption wisdom cast before us within an eight-hour span. Good Brad DeLong! Paul Krugman can only gnash his teeth in envy of you.

Posted by: Jim on April 20, 2004 12:50 AM

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Sigh! See Brad Delong this is exactly the problem I am talkin about. Until we can hear from official marketing authorities from inside Mr Krugman's column how can any of us be sure he favors Diet Coke over say Pepsi or even the obscure Moxie?

Posted by: Fafnir on April 20, 2004 03:08 AM

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http://www.adage.com/news.cms?newsId=40248

Marketers are trying to do that, give them a little more time.

Posted by: Jess Olson on April 20, 2004 05:05 AM

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I'm saving up to get a Smart Car
http://www.smart.com/
when they arrive in the "homeland" in 2006.

Any cheese-eating, surrender monkeys out there in Euroland who own one?

Posted by: Peter K. on April 20, 2004 08:30 AM

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Diet Coke doesn't surprise me, for some reason. Mountain Dew would have surprised me.

Posted by: Matilde on April 20, 2004 10:55 AM

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Ah. So that's why Krugman hates Bush and America (and puppy dogs) so much! All that caffeine...

Posted by: Bruce Moomaw on April 20, 2004 12:36 PM

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There was a suggestion that Governor Arnold raise
money for California through product placements:
"Here I am, proposing my budget with a Coke and
a smile!"
-- Brad DeLong
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Jeez, I'm not sure Pepsi is allowed to pay Governor Schwarzenegger to say something like that.

Personally I think Krugman drinks nothing but Turkish Coffee and Fareed drives a 1976 VW Vanagon with the original interior.

Posted by: Patrick Taylor on April 20, 2004 01:00 PM

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By posting about Dr. Krugman's drink preferences without his consent, aren't you stealing potential advertising profits from him? I think this might be a violation of the DMCA.

Posted by: Anno-nymous on April 20, 2004 02:03 PM

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When Laura Tyson wrote to the _New Yorker_ complaining about an article that had said that Berkeley's Business School... the Haas Business School... was too commercialized. I suggested to some of her underdeans that she should sign it with her full name and title: "Laura D'Andrea Tyson, Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley."

They were not very amused.

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