Of memes and mobiles

Over the last few months, an unscrupulous company “DC Marketing” has been calling Australian mobile numbers at random, then hanging up after one ring. When calling back, you hear a voice message congratulating you on winning $40 “worth” of prizes, all you have to do is call this premium rate number…

I say $40 “worth” of prizes as the “prizes” seem to be ringtones and other such mobile junk. Given the ads for mobile content on TV (i.e. “Great (read: lame) emoticons for your mobile! (in small text) $4 per message sent and received. Minimum cost just $24/week”).

Frankly, I’m quite sick and tired of it all.

But on to the topic. A meme is a bit of cultural information – such as a catchphrase, or a jingle, or a fashion. Good memes include advice like steering in the direction of a skid; bad memes include things like the Crazy Frog ringtone (I had no trouble with the Insanity Test, but the ringtone became annoying very quickly).

Memes can be both created and also destroyed, as people are discouraged from using them. Ringing back on missed calls, even on numbers that you don’t recognise, is a courtesy, a good meme. However, this sort of behaviour is the sort that takes advantage of a meme and uses it to prey on people. I can only hope the meme will be lost before this lot makes too much money off it.

The advice going around these days is don’t return calls unless you recognise the number. At the very least, do a Google search first.

Meanwhile, after two and a half weeks of successfully avoiding doing anything constructive on that front, I finally got around to continuing my hobby project. It doesn’t do anything yet, and there’ll be a long time before it does, but I think I’ve now figured out how to use include files.


3 Responses to “Of memes and mobiles”

  1. zewrestler Says:

    thats screwed up. does your country have a do not call list like they have in the states?


  2. jivlain Says:

    I think there’s one around somewhere, but it’s entirely optional for telemarketers to honour it.

    The prevailing view is that they’re dialing numbers at random, which is illegal in Australia. Prooving it could be another matter though.

  3. Of memes and mobiles: Part 2 « Jivlain Says:

    […] memes and mobiles: Part 2 A little over a year ago, I mentioned a noxious company called DC Marketing with a mobile phone scam. I’m afraid I’m a little late to this party, but the […]

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