The triumph of the consumer culture

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    Posted: 25 October 2009 11:32 PM

    I was reading an article in the Times Online about Andrew Marr and he made a statement that got me thinking - “... how we have stopped voting and went shopping.”

    People ‘vote’ for a vision with the products they buy. People can also ‘vote’ for a vision with the stock they buy. I vote at the ballot box regularly, but my ‘votes’ for Apple have been more satisfying.

    I think there was an election recently and Apple got elected. smile

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    Posted: 26 October 2009 02:22 AM #1

    stkstalker - 26 October 2009 02:32 AM

    I was reading an article in the Times Online about Andrew Marr and he made a statement that got me thinking - “... how we have stopped voting and went shopping.”

    People ‘vote’ for a vision with the products they buy. People can also ‘vote’ for a vision with the stock they buy. I vote at the ballot box regularly, but my ‘votes’ for Apple have been more satisfying.

    I think there was an election recently and Apple got elected. smile

    I’ve been “voting” at Menards nearly everyday for months. Last week the Fan Man West had a good showing though. In fact my purchases at local home improvement and custom lighting stores blow whatever I’ve spent on iProducts out of the water.

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    Black Swan Counter: 9 (Banks need money, Jobs needs a break, Geithner has no plan, Cuomo’s grandstanding, .Gov needs a hobby, GS works for money, flash crash, is that bubbling crude?).

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    Posted: 26 October 2009 12:35 PM #2

    This thread deserves a movie about consumerism: Everything is Okay.

    “Miserable people shop more so please remain as miserable as you can!”  LOL

    When you die, you’ll regret that you didn’t work more.”

    Wait a second….  :wink:

    [ Edited: 26 October 2009 12:38 PM by Eric Landstrom ]

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    Black Swan Counter: 9 (Banks need money, Jobs needs a break, Geithner has no plan, Cuomo’s grandstanding, .Gov needs a hobby, GS works for money, flash crash, is that bubbling crude?).

    For those who look, a flash allows one to see farther.

         
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    Posted: 26 October 2009 10:02 PM #3

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    “Even in the worst of times, someone turns a profit. . ” —#162 Ferengi: Rules of Acquisition

         
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    Posted: 27 October 2009 04:26 AM #4

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    “Even in the worst of times, someone turns a profit. . ” —#162 Ferengi: Rules of Acquisition

         
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    Posted: 28 October 2009 10:56 AM #5

    TanToday - 27 October 2009 07:26 AM

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    ‘Course once those people give up and walk away from their mortgages there is a pretty good chance that they’ll become pretty good little consumers.  grin

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    Black Swan Counter: 9 (Banks need money, Jobs needs a break, Geithner has no plan, Cuomo’s grandstanding, .Gov needs a hobby, GS works for money, flash crash, is that bubbling crude?).

    For those who look, a flash allows one to see farther.