#1 Edited by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/attention-whole-foods-shoppers-everyone-193500587.html

I thought that this might be of interest to the GB community at large, as I see us as a collective trying to find that niche between "Hippey Douchebag" and "Douchebag Douchebag". Of course if you're not careful you risk becoming a "Judgmental Douchebag". Crap, why is it so hard not to be a Douchebag these days?

That panel on the left is the only indication in a Civic that you are driving a Hybrid. It's very practical, but has very little psychological effect.

Later on they mention the differing consumer perceptions of Honda and Toyota Hybrid drivers. I do drive a Honda Civic Hybrid, and in researching the vehicle I found very similar opinions from car reviewers. One commented that the Civic Hybrid didn't "feel as green" as the Prius. To put it less subjectively, the Civic has a very conservative (and practical) representation of the hybrid system. In order to actually appreciate the fuel and carbon savings from the Civic, you have to understand the underlying technology...and in doing so, you also wind up learning that it's not the be all and end all of fuel economy. You actually get better fuel economy from an old Honda Insight (which I believe to be one of the coolest looking cars ever), or a regular ol' Golf Diesel. I do not feel morally superior in my car, because I actually took the time to understand what I am driving. Of course, the reality is that both cars have roughly the same fuel economy and environmental impact.

This is the hybrid information on the Prius dash...feels high-tech doesn't it?

So what is my point? Well basically, don't think that you can buy your way out of not being a Douchebag and you should be OK. Hybrid vehicles and Organic foods might have a lot of social clout, but would you really stake your Douchebag factor on what a marketing person tells you? I sure wouldn't.

Because if there is one thing that marketing people know nothing about, it's "not being a Douchebag".

DOUCHEBAG!!!!!!!!!

Waaaaaaaant...it's like a really tall Probe 16. Hehe, awesome.
#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

Crap, why is it so hard not to be a Douchebag these days?

I blame Jersey Shore.

#3 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@nintendoeats said:

Crap, why is it so hard not to be a Douchebag these days?

I blame Jersey Shore.

Not the dumbest thing I've heard today.

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@nintendoeats said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@nintendoeats said:

Crap, why is it so hard not to be a Douchebag these days?

I blame Jersey Shore.

Not the dumbest thing I've heard today.

I imagine it's because you haven't heard much today.

#5 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@nintendoeats said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@nintendoeats said:

Crap, why is it so hard not to be a Douchebag these days?

I blame Jersey Shore.

Not the dumbest thing I've heard today.

I imagine it's because you haven't heard much today.

Actually, that is accurate.

#6 Posted by WaylonJennings (104 posts) -

As a car guy, FUCK YO LIL HYBRID SON. sorry.

#7 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@WaylonJennings said:

As a car guy, FUCK YO LIL HYBRID SON. sorry.

If it makes you feel any better, every time I see a Fiat 500 I feel a little bit sad that I had to get a car that can seat 4 people.

#8 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

I always wanted to drive a car that's capable of giving me a heart attack.

#9 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@falserelic: Just buy a Smart Car and try to drive it on the highway. That'll take a few years off your life.

#10 Posted by RenMcKormack (1074 posts) -

Why does it have those crazy skirts. Why.

#11 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@RenMcKormack said:

Why does it have those crazy skirts. Why.

Because it makes it look like a space-car from space.

#12 Edited by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -

YO BRO U GOT TO GET A REAL MANLY CAR BRO CHECK OUT MY HUMMER. But, seriously, what's up with those wheels in the last picture?

#13 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@MikeGosot said:

YO BRO U GOT TO GET A REAL MANLY CAT BRO CHECK OUT MY HUMMER.

Who names their cat Hummer?

#14 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:

@MikeGosot said:

YO BRO U GOT TO GET A REAL MANLY CAT BRO CHECK OUT MY HUMMER.

Who names their cat Hummer?

Ha, noticed that now. And Hummer is a cool fat cat name.
#15 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@MikeGosot said:

YO BRO U GOT TO GET A REAL MANLY CAT BRO CHECK OUT MY HUMMER.

Who names their cat Hummer?

It's apropos. That cat gives great blowjobs.

#16 Edited by FriedConsole (52 posts) -

Stop worrying how total strangers perceive you by your car. Get the car you want.

It is good be environmentally concerned and not pour toxic waste into rivers or anything but there is only so much you can do. If you start thinking about what is the most you can do for the environment you wind up realizing suicide is the most important thing you can do for the environment.

#17 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@MikeGosot said:

YO BRO U GOT TO GET A REAL MANLY CAT BRO CHECK OUT MY HUMMER.

Who names their cat Hummer?

It's apropos. That cat gives great blowjobs.

Have you ever seen the inside of a cat's mouth?

#18 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@Ravenlight said:

@Video_Game_King said:

@MikeGosot said:

YO BRO U GOT TO GET A REAL MANLY CAT BRO CHECK OUT MY HUMMER.

Who names their cat Hummer?

It's apropos. That cat gives great blowjobs.

#19 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

As a car, FUCK THIS!

#20 Posted by Spuirrel (88 posts) -

I didn't think that people judged others based on the cars they drove, yet here it is. To me the hole concept of judging people before they open their mouth is weird.

#21 Posted by MikkaQ (10344 posts) -

Plus making the batteries and eventually disposing of them is very environmentally damaging, but whatever drive a hummer or a hybrid and I'll judge you equally cause a real man rides a bicycle.

#22 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

@Spuirrel said:

To me the hole concept of judging people before they open their mouth is weird.

That's sort of what I'm getting at.

@MikkaQ said:

Plus making the batteries and eventually disposing of them is very environmentally damaging,

Yes, but reports of HOW damaging have been extremely overblown. Despite what you may have heard, Hybrids are NOT less environmentally friendly than Hummers.