“Search for the word ‘iPod’ on New York’s craigslist classified ads and you open a fascinating window into the psyche of the city. Naturally, a revealing search isn’t conducted in the ‘for sale’ section, which simply brings up a pedestrian list of iPods for sale. A truly illuminating search must include the personal ads, which offer some insight into the culture of iPods, but reveal more about the city,” Leander Kahney writes for Wired News. “…there are several ads offering ‘services’ in exchange for an iPod. A cute 19-year-old says, ‘I need $100 to buy an iPod and I’m horny. Simple as that.’ College girl Chloe makes a similar offer because she has bills to pay. ‘I bought lots of clothes, iPod and other things, and charged it to my credit card,’ she says. ‘I don’t want my dad to know.’ With admirable economy, a young gay man says simply that he’ll perform oral sex for an iPod.”
Kahney writes, “Many of the personal ads are ‘missed connections’ — lonely hearts trying to contact the attractive stranger they saw on the subway or in the coffee shop. ‘Where are you my iPod man?’ asks the tall Asian girl with glasses seeking a 6-foot-tall Hispanic male. ‘I asked you about your iPod with the blue cover, and you just went on ranting about how iPod is the invention of the century,’ she writes. ‘You did not notice I was looking into your hazel eyes!'”
“It should be noted that similar searches on craigslist in San Francisco, Los Angeles or London fail to return anywhere near the volume of posts, or anything like the same results,” Kahney writes. “The only posts of note occur in California, where hitchhikers looking for rides promise to bring an iPod and ‘take care of the tunes.'”
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