The things we do for love

So, Netflix jacked up their prices. Not surprisingly, after nearly doubling their rates (or cutting their services in half, depending on your perspective) about a million and a half of us dropped the service. Not to worry. I’m sure the suits at corporate headquarters (or, rather, Corporate Headquarters, all caps!) were prepared for such contingencies. Or, if they weren’t, they’ll make some corrections and keep rolling.

It does concern me that we rely so heavily on single, solitary companies who reap massive profits. This contributes to the inequality in the United States, which very few people in the United States care to think about. I think our current level of inequality is at the root of our economic woes. So, as a general rule, I try to never patronize the Big Guy Businesses. For now, though, I must confess that I’m sticking with Netflix, at least for another month or two. I wish there were a more lofty reason, but the basic thing here is that I’m I am in love with documentaries.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

4 thoughts on “The things we do for love”

    1. Lori, I love the picture header on your blog.

      Was that taken in North Dakota?

      In a general sense, how are you ranking your experience there, now that you’ve had a few weeks (or months?) under your belt?


  1. Hey Jon, hope you’re doing well.

    I agree about the “Big Guys,” except that sometimes you kinda have to fight fire with fire, right? I mean if you take Walmart as the perennial example, they’re not exactly afraid of Gene’s General Store in Randomville, and in fact it’s often just a matter of time before they displace him.

    Something like Costco, on the other hand, a company that is known for somewhat better ethics (despite the disturbing consumerist environment of its stores), is more of a “credible threat” to Walmart’s world domination, I mean, business plan. Size can provide leverage and security, whether for good or for evil.

    Not that efforts to support the “little guy” are wasted at all; in fact they should be strongly encouraged. It’s just that I think there are other pieces to the puzzle.


    1. Jonathan,

      That’s a fair critique. There is certainly wisdom and strategy involved. Some communities (and states) can come together and simply create laws that eliminate the Walmart problem. Others cannot or will not, so maybe that’s when a Costco comes in handy.

      For each of us personally, there’s kind of many different levels we can go to try to be ethical and responsible consumers. I’ve found it takes a good deal of time, effort, and education to do the right thing in our disposable society. But I’ve never regretted each step I’ve taken. Can seem overwhelming at times, but then you just have to chill and do the best you can, right?


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