Posts tagged Consumerism

Beers That You Should Stop Drinking Immediately

If you don’t want to drink products made with GMOs, then you need to give up….

  1. Newcastle Brown Ale
  2. Budweiser
  3. Miller Lite
  4. Michelob Ultra
  5. Coors Light
  6. Pabst Blue Ribbon

WHO Warns Antibiotic Resistance Now a Global Threat

This is why I never bought and you should never buy antibacterial soap.

John Paul De Joria is a nice guy as capitalists go, but there are all kinds of other tequilas outside of Patrón that are as good.
That’s why I stopped reading this issue at this page.

John Paul De Joria is a nice guy as capitalists go, but there are all kinds of other tequilas outside of Patrón that are as good.

That’s why I stopped reading this issue at this page.

I got a mall rat badge.

I feel like a character in Barbara Krueger dystopia

Rise Above Plastics - support the plastic bag ban

Sheep.

inothernews:

  • The funny thing about this is that just one block down and one block over is a Verizon store with about 20 people in line, waiting for the same God-damned phone.

…and then I saw this on Imgur

Would it be great if these people gave a damn about something that matters, even a little, like littering parks and road sides as much as they cared about a goddamn cell phone?

Every second endcap is potato chips or pop or some sort of salt filled snack (Promoting the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education). A lot of the stuff in Whole Body doesn’t even work or has absolutely no credible evidence to back any claims up. You’re kind a faux hippy Wal-Mart now. Great. Job.

Occupy-supporting Atlanta rapper Killer Mike noted on Twitter yesterday that when he tried to download the Magna Carta app—which has racked up more than a half million downloads, according to Billboard—it requested some oddly intrusive permissions from your Android phone. Why does Jay-Z need your GPS location? Is he going to cruise by on a platinum-coated jet ski, personally chucking out copies of the album to people who downloaded the app?
What the NSA needs to do, clearly, is start giving away Jay-Z albums. People will be lining up to turn their metadata over.

(via Jay-Z’s New Album Is Basically A Massive Data-Mining Operation)


This illustrates the point that private enterprise has probed your data as much and as thoroughly as any governmental agency does. If you don’t see using this platform, Facebook, Google+ or any free e-mail service means being profiled as a prospect for fast food or a high-risk for insurance as invasive as anything the National Security Agency does with your personal data, you’re deluding yourself.

Occupy-supporting Atlanta rapper Killer Mike noted on Twitter yesterday that when he tried to download the Magna Carta app—which has racked up more than a half million downloads, according to Billboard—it requested some oddly intrusive permissions from your Android phone. Why does Jay-Z need your GPS location? Is he going to cruise by on a platinum-coated jet ski, personally chucking out copies of the album to people who downloaded the app?

What the NSA needs to do, clearly, is start giving away Jay-Z albums. People will be lining up to turn their metadata over.

This illustrates the point that private enterprise has probed your data as much and as thoroughly as any governmental agency does. If you don’t see using this platform, Facebook, Google+ or any free e-mail service means being profiled as a prospect for fast food or a high-risk for insurance as invasive as anything the National Security Agency does with your personal data, you’re deluding yourself.

In a World of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, Suddenly Now We “Care” About Privacy?

Besides, when did people start caring about their privacy again?  Have these people seen Facebook?  Twitter?  YouTube?  Google+?  Instagram?

I can’t pull up my Facebook these days without seeing a barrage of self portraits (seemingly the same picture over and over again of the same people) just taken at different angles or with different Instagram themes.  I know who many of these individual’s family members are because they’re tagged in a special section under “Family.”  I know about quite a few of my “Facebook friends” frequently fluctuating “relationship statuses,” and it isn’t out of the norm to know if some of these people actually took a shower today.  Because trust me, they’ll tell me if, and when, they did.

That’s if the pictures of their dinner haven’t overwhelmed my Facebook wall to the point where all of the other information gets pushed aside.  Did you know Jenny ate a meatball sub for dinner last night?  Well, I do.  Without that knowledge I might not have been able to sleep last night.

Hell, I know where people are without even talking to them.  It’s easy.  People seem to enjoy tagging themselves damn near everywhere.  Not just a random location, the exact location where they currently are.  Oh, you’re at the gym right now?  The one on Main Street and Fifth?  That. Is. Fan—tastic.  Hopefully nobody on your Facebook list of friends is a stalker.  Because, everyone on your Facebook is a close personal friend, right?  All 400 (or more) of them I bet.  Quick, list 400 different names—I dare you.

And if Facebook isn’t your thing, there’s always the other options.  Hashtag yourself away on Instagram or Twitter, or try and become an internet celebrity by posting a few videos on YouTube.

The greater point about all of the above is that one might want to share their information with people who are friends on Facebook, but only implicitly, unwillingly allows it to be used for commercial interests.

For as long as the government has been collecting information about our every telecommunication
, private enterprise has been figuring out ways to monetize our ever like, desire and preference. I’m not pure: Facebook has been on a jag asking me which movies and television shows I like for over a week - I gladly share my tastes.

For me, this takes the steam out of the lead story of the day.

[N]ot to be too too too cynical but I know all the people I follow on Tumblr and all the people who follow me are united in one thing and one thing only: their ravenous enthusiasm for brands. “I came for the sense of a new community, one with a keen feel for the visual but with a passion for language, too,” they say, “but it’s the brands that keep me here. Sweet Christ I love brands. Let the mountains collapse into dust and the oceans all boil, but give me brands,” they cry in the night. I personally remember, as a child, pleading with my parents to let me interface with my favorite brands. And interface we did. With the brands. The glorious, glorious brands.

John Darnielle | Yahoo’s Mayer: we’re committed to monetizing Tumblr (via kateoplis)

Help: I’m caught in a social media network with subjects in Barbara Kruger's art!