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Here We Are Now, Entertain Us. [Oct. 4th, 2004|12:00 am]
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This smells like two things:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/saucydwellings/589354.html


1. Teen Spirit

2. Idealism


Note: My opinion of the people involved in this post . . . I have none. I assume, by default, that they are fine folks, down to the last one.

The idea in play, however, is of some urge to post in response.

The boycott of businesses generally is a flawed strategy of making change. It appears as if it's a savvy and conscious decision . . . at times, it's been very sexy to champion.

Case in point . . . the auto industry of the 1980s. Japanese vehicles flooded the market in the 1970s, kicking the living ass of at least Chrysler. The popular sentiment in Detroit at the time was to "boycott the purchase of Japanese vehicles."

One could easily attribute such a push as the reason why American auto companies did not die. The real reason, however, was the introduction of more fuel-efficient choices into the market during that decade.

I'm guilty of being naive myself. It's one of my interests . . . I have Polish lineage.

I could drone at length, but I would probably ramble about tree-hugging hippies that turned into stock-marketing yuppies. By the way, the 'yuppie' is only applicable to those of the 'love generation.' If they didn't own a Beatles-era record and never owned a Porsche-class vehicle, then other classification would be needed.

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From: zboson
2004-10-04 07:49 am (UTC)
Boycotting isn't always for the purpose of affecting the business in question. Sometimes it's a matter of karma (what I call it, others call it other things). Some people can't, in good conscience, knowingly put their money into something they very much feel is wrong. It may not make a difference in the big picture, but at least you know your money is not supporting whatever it is you don't want to support. For instance, I don't buy products made in China because I just can't support the oppression of the Chinese and Tibetan people, even if my contribution boils down to that $3 I spent on Xmas lights. Can't do it. I'm not fool enough to believe that my refusal to buy Chinese is going to somehow topple the current Chinese government. But at least my soul is clean (in that regard). If you really want to make a change via consumer spending, it really does have to be on an incredibly large scale. Consumers have a lot of power, though I agree with you that boycotting isn't always effective or even significant.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-10-04 01:11 pm (UTC)
In the link, I do express my dislike for the fate of the Detroit Tigers baseball club since the Illitch ownership.

However, I must buy the pizza for a treat because the next eat-out option for pizza is usually 10 dollars more than their brand.

It is interesting to note about the karma. It's slightly remote, but I can't eat pastries because of a stomach flu incident that hit me after I ate them as a kid. The negative associated with pastries forces me to refuse them as politely as possible at every offering, to this day.
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