Originally Posted by Crowley
Just because it contradicts your view doesn't mean the analogy doesn't work.
But broadly, I agree; car analogies rarely work. Analogies in general aren't great for any close inspection.
I'll second the point on analogies being a terrible vehicle (no pun intended ... ok, maybe a little pun ;)) for carrying on meaningful discourse.
That said, just for fun, and not to weigh in on the discussion in any way, I thought I'd just see if I could play with a car-related analogy to fit a little better:
Verizon sells a car tire replacement program, they replace your tires as soon as they wear out, but you have to use the tires they make, and the tires last exactly 10,000 miles - no matter how fast you drive.
Verizon currently offers new customer two plan options:
- With plan "A", 10$ per month lets you drive up to 1000 miles per month. If you dive more, it's 1$ per 10 miles.
- Plan "B" costs 15$ per month, and you can drive up to 2000 miles per month. It's also 1$ per 15 miles over the limit.
However, Verizon at one time offered a plan that let you drive unlimited miles per month for 17$/mo., with no excess milage charges ever, and no other restrictions. They no longer offer this plan to new customers, but still have "grandfathered" customers whom they do not wish to lose to competitors, so they remain on this plan.
What Verizon is saying is that now that they have more customers than they can reliably manufacture tires for so, if (and only if) you have the 'unlimited' plan for 17$ per month, and if your mileage each month is greater than a certain percentage of the other drivers on the plans, then you have to limit your driving speed (which implicitly limits the number of miles you can drive), so they don't have to invest in building out their tire-manufacturing capacity.
What do we think?
(Fixed 2 typos :))
Edited by GoodGrief - 8/5/14 at 10:47am