☰ Randomized Consumerism

Darius Kazemi:

I’ve had an idea for a long time now. It’s inspired by one of my favorite feelings: when you order something on Amazon, and it’s put on backorder, and then you forget you ordered it, and a year later it arrives—and it’s like a gift you bought yourself.

Well, I thought: what if I just wrote a program to buy stuff for me? The first iteration of this was going to be a program that bought me stuff that I probably would like.

But then I decided that was too boring. How about I build something that buys me things completely at random? Something that just… fills my life with crap? How would these purchases make me feel? Would they actually be any less meaningful than the crap I buy myself on a regular basis anyway?

It’s all fun and games until your order-robot tries to communicate with you.


  1. Hm, die Idee wurde vor einer gefühlten Ewigkeit mal bei XKCD erwähnt:


    Steht leider kein Datum dran, wenn ich nichts übersehen habe, aber die Bildnummer ist 576, das aktuellste ist 1139. Das ist schon verdammt lange her, Jahre …