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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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Stuart Gathman

I have never "shopped" on Black Friday or any other frenetic trampling crowd shopping day. But I greatly appreciate the ability of manufacturers to adapt to demand, and would not support a total boycott of retailing. The scene in the video that I most identified with was the girl dropping the arm full of veggies - the healthy food she needed - to buy junk instead. When enough people make better buying choices, manufacturers and retailers adapt in 6 months or so. Whole grain is now "in". Trans fats are now "out". I can actually buy non-homogenized milk at a nearby retailer.   The main reason most people act more or less according to this video is that they don't know any better. Isolation and lack of community hinder learning of real life skills. If you don't know what to do, and don't have any knowledgeable friends to ask, it is natural to do what everyone else does, or try the generic advice from advertisers.   If you *do* know a better way of doing things, you have to set the example. Owning and maintaining a bare bones used economy car costs $300/mo - not counting gas (depreciation+maintenance+insurance). My commute is 7 miles each way, so when my daughter needed a car for commuting to college, I bought a bicycle for $300, and gave her my car. Lots of people have had the same idea, but thought it wasn't practical. It took me over a year to work out a good system, but I've been commuting by bike for 3 years now, and other people are starting to do it too - because I and other people have proved it can be done and can show them the tricks (like what bike repair tools to carry in your pack and how to find trails on google satellite maps).   I was at a loss for how to put a garden shed in our back yard. None of the prefab models were quite right for the foundation. My dad came to visit and walked me through the process of building from lumber. No commercial program can replace that personal learning - even thought the lumber store loves to sell you the lumber (and they do try to offer construction courses to that end).   My brother in law joined the Caloric Restriction Society (1900 calorie per day diet). While I didn't go as far as he, I caught the value of eating higher quality food - and less of it. I am happy to report that this is gaining popularity. Many restaurants in our area now offer entrees emphasizing flavor and nutrition rather than quantity and calories. Again, the system works when consumers make good choices, and best practice is best caught personally.

Stuart Gathman

I have never "shopped" on Black Friday or any other frenetic trampling crowd shopping day. But I greatly appreciate the ability of manufacturers to adapt to demand, and would not support a total boycott of retailing. The scene in the video that I most identified with was the girl dropping the arm full of veggies - the healthy food she needed - to buy junk instead. When enough people make better buying choices, manufacturers and retailers adapt in 6 months or so. Whole grain is now "in". Trans fats are now "out". I can actually buy non-homogenized milk at a nearby retailer.   The main reason most people act more or less according to this video is that they don't know any better. Isolation and lack of community hinder learning of real life skills. If you don't know what to do, and don't have any knowledgeable friends to ask, it is natural to do what everyone else does, or try the generic advice from advertisers.   If you *do* know a better way of doing things, you have to set the example. Owning and maintaining a bare bones used economy car costs $300/mo - not counting gas (depreciation+maintenance+insurance). My commute is 7 miles each way, so when my daughter needed a car for commuting to college, I bought a bicycle for $300, and gave her my car. Lots of people have had the same idea, but thought it wasn't practical. It took me over a year to work out a good system, but I've been commuting by bike for 3 years now, and other people are starting to do it too - because I and other people have proved it can be done and can show them the tricks (like what bike repair tools to carry in your pack and how to find trails on google satellite maps).   I was at a loss for how to put a garden shed in our back yard. None of the prefab models were quite right for the foundation. My dad came to visit and walked me through the process of building from lumber. No commercial program can replace that personal learning - even thought the lumber store loves to sell you the lumber (and they do try to offer construction courses to that end).   My brother in law joined the Caloric Restriction Society (1900 calorie per day diet). While I didn't go as far as he, I caught the value of eating higher quality food - and less of it. I am happy to report that this is gaining popularity. Many restaurants in our area now offer entrees emphasizing flavor and nutrition rather than quantity and calories. Again, the system works when consumers make good choices, and best practice is best caught personally.

Steven C Merriam

I have now seen the error of my ways! What a fool I have been to not join in our marvelous consumer society. I would like to say more but I have to be off to the shopping mall. If you believe that I have some great oceanfront property in Kansas to sell you. Best Wishes

Steven C Merriam

I have now seen the error of my ways! What a fool I have been to not join in our marvelous consumer society. I would like to say more but I have to be off to the shopping mall. If you believe that I have some great oceanfront property in Kansas to sell you. Best Wishes

Sian

The message is such a brilliant one. Too many people are consuming items they do not need and truly end up advertising a brand whether they realise it or not! Also the girl in the video is really pretty :)

Sian

The message is such a brilliant one. Too many people are consuming items they do not need and truly end up advertising a brand whether they realise it or not! Also the girl in the video is really pretty :)

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