All of this for an industry that objectively makes people’s lives worse, that everyone openly hates, whose only goal is to manipulate people to buy things that they by definition do not need. And this isn’t even including TV and radio ads, conventional billboards, posters, construction, maintenance, design, all the countless hours of labor spent polluting our public spaces and our minds with the sole purpose of making the rich richer
So Amazon has started delaying the shipping of all “non-essential goods” until mid to late April. Which, to an extent, I get. Times are weird. But it still deeply unsettles me. They took over so many markets, destroying local alternatives, and now they have the ability to just stop providing millions of things for a month. Who’s deciding what is essential here? What if someone desperately needs a food/medicine/medication that they can only find on Amazon, but Amazon didn’t consider that essential?
Like, yeah, there’s ways around Amazon sometimes, but still. It’s just another sign of how much that damn company needs to be stopped.
We’ve been worried about a doctor shortage for decades because of this, and now our gravest worries have been met with corona, our hospitals are overwhelmed in part because for decades the government has helped keep the number of doctors low on purpose.
These hospitals were not designed to meet the needs of a healthy nation, and coasted heavily on most not having insurance or being too afraid to use their insurance, but with an epidemic like this it is difficult to ignore the deaths on their hands.
social media be like “we are showing you highly personalised and targeted ads to make your experience more enjoyable <3 tracking your conversations and stealing data from your credit card purchases to sell more stuff is a love language actually <3″
I swear if I hear another white man tell me how “people are inherently greedy and selfish in nature & there’s nothing you can do about it ‘cause it’s biology”, I’ll start throwing punches… and like it’s always white privileged men trying to justify their own shitty behaviour… it’s like listening to the initial conclusion of the Stanford prison experiment all over again
Women aren’t stupid. We know that beauty is inherently political, that it exists to broker power and define who does and doesn’t have access to it. We know that how well we’re treated on an everyday level is entirely incumbent upon how our looks are perceived by others. More importantly, we know that the same corporations who spent millions on marketing to make us feel shit about ourselves are now turning around and altering their advertising in order to try and appropriate the body positivity movement. We know their messaging isn’t genuine or rooted in concern for our self image or anything else beyond their own bottom line.
We don’t need “all women are beautiful” messaging. We need “all women have inherent worth, regardless of what their bodies might look like” messaging. And we’re never going to get it from the people trying to sell us stuff we don’t need just to impress people we don’t like.
The problem: Every time something goes wrong, the people most qualified to address the situation are prevented from doing so because they’re obliged to spend all of their time repeatedly explaining the problem to a series of people who have neither the background to understand it nor the capacity to make meaningful decisions regarding it.
The appropriate takeaway: Corporate hierarchies that vest decision-making authority in whoever has the biggest paycheck regardless of their actual qualifications are a terrible way to get anything done, particularly when compounded by bureaucratic over-centralisaton and a culture of power in which everybody wants to be in charge but nobody wants to be responsible.
What most tech nerds ACTUALLY take away: Wow, I’m smart and people are dumb.
So Paypal just updated their terms of service to stipulate that sales of gold are not eligible for coverage under their Seller Protection Program, and the way it’s worded strongly suggests that it’s aimed at large-volume metal trading, rather than at items that merely contain gold (e.g., jewellery or electronics).
I know every policy revision has a story behind it, but I’ve gotta admit I’m extremely curious to know the story behind that one!
i am angry because it is not humans that are the virus. we are just another creature on this world that is fully capable of coexisting with the planet we live on. no living being was created to be a virus to the planet itself. to destroy the world.
humans are not a virus.
a pandemic is not a cure.
corporations and capitalism are the viruses. do not look at waters and skies clearing during COVID as a sign that we as a people are the disease.
do not ever EVER think of something killing thousands as a cure.
if you enjoy the clearer skies and waters, and the animals finally coming closer to our cities, thats ok. i do to. see it as a sign that it is possible to mitigate the effects of climate change. advocate for cleaner energy sources. rally against corporations and fossil fuels. do not turn your blame on the common folk.
If you’re saying that “we need people to go back to work regardless of what health professionals say in order to save the economy”, you are not allowed to say that your ideology puts human life above all.
I firmly believe that one of the reasons modern media/society looks down on fanfic and fanfiction authors is because, due to the very nature of what fanfic is, if can rarely be used to generate profit. It’s a bunch of people providing free entertainment for anyone who wants to go looking for it, simply for the joy of doing it. Capitalists dont understand that shit.