Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

The Uncanny Valley of Internet Advertising

Farhad Manjoo, for Slate:

The “uncanny valley” is a term coined by roboticist Masahiro Mori to describe the revulsion people experience when seeing robots that look and act almost, but not exactly, like humans. Badly targeted Internet ads provoke the same feeling. They’re dumber than any human salesperson, and they’re just smart enough to make you queasy.