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The Good Consumer

We asked meme warriors everywhere to send us their work. Neil Boorman sent us this piece, which outlines our roles in the system.

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dennis hansbury

I watch this and it provokes such a strong feeling. I don't want to think I'm helping the problem. I recycle at home. I am an avid recycler at work. But, I bought a new iMac this year. My fiance bought a new camera. I have 3 pairs of shoes (although they do wear out...somehow I destroy shoes). We have a wii. We buy video games. How do we stop? Should we feel bad for entertaining ourselves? We eat only at local restaurants and co-ops. We buy organic and shop at wholefoods. Our scion gets 33 miles to the gallon! I don't ever buy clothes that have brands on them. I want to spread this video around, but can't fight the feeling that no matter what responsible things I do, my consumption does away with all of that.

dennis hansbury

I watch this and it provokes such a strong feeling. I don't want to think I'm helping the problem. I recycle at home. I am an avid recycler at work. But, I bought a new iMac this year. My fiance bought a new camera. I have 3 pairs of shoes (although they do wear out...somehow I destroy shoes). We have a wii. We buy video games. How do we stop? Should we feel bad for entertaining ourselves? We eat only at local restaurants and co-ops. We buy organic and shop at wholefoods. Our scion gets 33 miles to the gallon! I don't ever buy clothes that have brands on them. I want to spread this video around, but can't fight the feeling that no matter what responsible things I do, my consumption does away with all of that.

alabama

..I agree, for us to thrive in capitalism, and live in the society and goverment we have, consuming and trading are necessary...I would rather live under this system, then in the USSR in the late 1950's or 60's! Therefore , I think buying things that interest you(iMac..woot) is OK Its just that we should do it consciously.. aware of where our hard-earned $ is going &t do it for the right reasons and not because we've bought int all the advertising we are bombarded with constantly. Personally, I dont think its the system itself that is inherently wrong, I think its the side affects... the evils that have come up through the system, primarily its affects on self esteem, image, clothing, over consumption of goods, identity, etc etc. That stuff is un-necessary for us to thrive in the system we have..and was created by folks to keep the rich rich. ..creating serious credit problems and debt for people who otherwise could be alright..among other things

alabama

..I agree, for us to thrive in capitalism, and live in the society and goverment we have, consuming and trading are necessary...I would rather live under this system, then in the USSR in the late 1950's or 60's! Therefore , I think buying things that interest you(iMac..woot) is OK Its just that we should do it consciously.. aware of where our hard-earned $ is going &t do it for the right reasons and not because we've bought int all the advertising we are bombarded with constantly. Personally, I dont think its the system itself that is inherently wrong, I think its the side affects... the evils that have come up through the system, primarily its affects on self esteem, image, clothing, over consumption of goods, identity, etc etc. That stuff is un-necessary for us to thrive in the system we have..and was created by folks to keep the rich rich. ..creating serious credit problems and debt for people who otherwise could be alright..among other things

Nancy

I love this. I will post it on my facebook, but sadly, I feel the need to enclose it in quotes, to make sure that all of my 'friends' get it.

Nancy

I love this. I will post it on my facebook, but sadly, I feel the need to enclose it in quotes, to make sure that all of my 'friends' get it.

Astor Zdziwisz

This perfectly expresses the feelings that I share. The story is great and it is told in a very convincing way. One comment: all those great companies are not evil themselves.. not all. They are creatures leaving in a cruel world, where you have to create an artificial demand in order to survive. We, consumers, create this environment. If it wasn't for our inborn laziness, greed and lack of objectivity we would only buy things that are durable, cheap, minimal, trimmed to our needs. Even if the brand was "_#xvy_123". MC and CC would be better if we we were. They will not change if we don't.

Astor Zdziwisz

This perfectly expresses the feelings that I share. The story is great and it is told in a very convincing way. One comment: all those great companies are not evil themselves.. not all. They are creatures leaving in a cruel world, where you have to create an artificial demand in order to survive. We, consumers, create this environment. If it wasn't for our inborn laziness, greed and lack of objectivity we would only buy things that are durable, cheap, minimal, trimmed to our needs. Even if the brand was "_#xvy_123". MC and CC would be better if we we were. They will not change if we don't.

Anonymous

I disagree, the hatred of people that blames the victim (i.e. people programed from birth by parents, peers, schools, and multimedia), that naively thinks that boycotting is the answer, is the problem with resistance strategies...the exception to the rule, those who manage for one reason or another to be able to reject this programing and step outside of the mainstream are just that, EXCEPTIONS! We need to find a way to change the rule, that is what I think the idea behind the 'media carta' really is, meme-warfare...I know it might sound slogany, but memes and vmemes are REAL and all real social change will be carried out through their transmission...once we recognize this, the problem then becomes, how can one free up enough space (in the global media commons), for a long enough period of time, to transmit counter-memes effectively? that's what we're still working on...

Anonymous

I disagree, the hatred of people that blames the victim (i.e. people programed from birth by parents, peers, schools, and multimedia), that naively thinks that boycotting is the answer, is the problem with resistance strategies...the exception to the rule, those who manage for one reason or another to be able to reject this programing and step outside of the mainstream are just that, EXCEPTIONS! We need to find a way to change the rule, that is what I think the idea behind the 'media carta' really is, meme-warfare...I know it might sound slogany, but memes and vmemes are REAL and all real social change will be carried out through their transmission...once we recognize this, the problem then becomes, how can one free up enough space (in the global media commons), for a long enough period of time, to transmit counter-memes effectively? that's what we're still working on...

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