ute little story this time, out of the 40’s or 50’s, again, a Gutenberg find. It’s a little scifi story about a tiny mistake in, of all things, a coffin factory. Seems that a computer slipped a bit and suddenly their stodgy production orders are boosted. The marketing director, seeing what’s coming (and finding all sorts of money in his department because of the glitch) blasts an advertising campaign out, creating a marketing feedback loop where demand fuels supply fuels demand fuels supply and so on.
It’s a humorous look at super marketing (something I did in my own Early ReTyrement) (available at the links below), one where people purchase what they don’t need and then feel compelled to use it. And so the short story proceeds to its final conclusion, ending on a joke I had to read twice to get. But yes, it was short and fun, perfect for you folks without time, chasing the corporate clock to get your own… well, whatever.
And it’s FREE, right here on Gutenberg, so pull it down and enjoy this short story from the golden age.