I can’t help but feel like this a metaphor for our times.
Two things: One, those two-wheeled self-balancing teen transporters you’ve heard so much about lately should not be called “hoverboards,” as they do not hover. Two, everyone should stop buying them.
The hoverboard backlash always seemed inevitable. First, there’s the misleading name. Then, there were videos of painful accidents and even hoverboards spontaneously combusting. And today, Overstock.com announced that it would no longer sell the gadgets due to safety concerns.