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Posted 12/28/07
Hi people, i was just posting in one of the other thread in this forum, and i came up with something unrelated to it that i think it's important. I wanna know what you people's opinion is with this:



i think people should put more consideration before they buy a product.

Society can't go on without passing by the era without trends. We can't go on without a generic guideline that tells people what is cool/what's not. So it's important to be aware that, it's our responsibility as the people in our generation to direct this trend to a more healthy and productive direction for the next generation!

Right now.. the media influence our society-trend heavily. Are you people happy with this trends to be more and more obedient to the corporate world? Are you happy with this trend to be so influenced by some corporate people that try to make money from you? Are you happy that to be cool or fit in we need to be up to date with the knowledge of which product is 'in'? Are you happy with the society that tells you, the richer you are, the happier you get? Are you happy that this world is gradually degrading to a more and more materialistic world? Don't you want a trend that is based more on altruism? Don't you want the world that thinks it's cool to be kind and sympathetic to another human being? It seems being a good person is on the lowest priority in our social trends these days.

I'm not gonna be a hypocrite and say i don't buy corporate products. I do buy them. I'm just saying we should be more aware.
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27 / M / Burleson, Texas
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It's true, so many people are taken into the trend. But, I am happy with the trend, because that always gives me a chance to rebel against it. The only things I buy that benefit to the trend are of necessity. I already know that money doesn't make you happy, that is self-fulfillment. We do need to be more aware, but as a whole, not an individual, and that is pretty hard to do. But then I start to think that if we do rebel, the corporate world would catch onto that anyway?They would change with us. I do think it is cool to be kind and sympathetic to other people, I try to apply that to my everyday life, but, to those people up at the top who call the shots, kindness doesn't bring in cash. There are so many points to give opinions about that this thread would probably go way off topic.
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28 / F / South Carolina
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I do my own thing. I like various styles and things from past eras.
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Posted 12/28/07
Social evolution.

Capitalism wasn't such a good thing (too much public goods underproduced and too much social costs generated), but it thrived.
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I couldn't careless about what is cool or not. I like what I like because I like it.
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artgeek707 wrote:

I could careless about what is cool or not. I like what I like because I like it.


I believe the correct phrase is "you couldn't care less".
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Haydennick wrote:

. But then I start to think that if we do rebel, the corporate world would catch onto that anyway?They would change with us. I do think it is cool to be kind and sympathetic to other people, I try to apply that to my everyday life, but, to those people up at the top who call the shots, kindness doesn't bring in cash.


A free market economy runs on a demand and supply system. The consumers almost always have the real power. The corporate producers will only produce what the consumers demand. The fact that some things that are "unnecessarily trendy" are in the market means we asked for it. Its never the producers fault.
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27 / M / Burleson, Texas
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Indeed, I love the Japanese culture, but I live in Texas. I don't know about anywhere else in the U.S. but there is no influence to anything relating to the Japanese down here. The anime club at my school has like...5 members, and that is a school of 2,500. But yes, I like it because I like it, not because someone tells me to.Hell, when I started first watching anime about 4 years ago, I thought I was the only one in the world who cared for it.(bit of exaggeration)
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i think differently. i do feel that trends are important. for some reason thats my perspective, i think that when some one comes up and compliments you on something you have thats so fashionable that no one else has, it gives you a good feeling, and b4 you know it you've started your own trend. Thats just me though, and since im into more kogal things thats how i like to live. If i like something, i know some one else is gonna like it, and i start a new trend, i kinda go out on a limb sometimes, yet others i just where what looks good on me, and is in.
Posted 12/28/07
who cares. if you like it then flow with it. you hate it then obviously do something else. for me i do my own thing. screw the trend. i'll wear parachute pants if i want
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Posted 12/28/07

projectcedric wrote:


artgeek707 wrote:

I could careless about what is cool or not. I like what I like because I like it.


I believe the correct phrase is "you couldn't care less".


As little as I care and as much as I'd hate to burst that little bubble:
The correct statement is, I could care less.
And here's a little something I found in my American Heritage Dictionary a long time ago.


I could care less! you might say sometime in disgust. You might just as easily have said I couldn’t care less and meant the same thing! How can this be? When taken literally, the phrase I could care less means “I care more than I might,” rather than “I don’t care at all.” But the beauty of sarcasm is that it can turn meanings on their head, thus allowing could care less to work as an equivalent for couldn’t care less. Because of its sarcasm, could care less is more informal than its negative counterpart and may be open to misinterpretation when used in writing.


Yeah man, english language sucks.
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27 / M / Burleson, Texas
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Posted 12/28/07

projectcedric wrote:


Haydennick wrote:

. But then I start to think that if we do rebel, the corporate world would catch onto that anyway?They would change with us. I do think it is cool to be kind and sympathetic to other people, I try to apply that to my everyday life, but, to those people up at the top who call the shots, kindness doesn't bring in cash.


A free market economy runs on a supply and demand system. The consumers almost always have the real power. The corporate producers will only produce what the consumers demand. The fact that some things that are "unnecessarily trendy" are in the market means we asked for it. Its never the producers fault.


You are absolutely right. The corporation isn't the enemy. The point I did leave out was the media. But, if the media is influenced by what is popular, and if we decide what is popular, that makes us our own enemy.
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kristin586 wrote:

i think differently. i do feel that trends are important. for some reason thats my perspective, i think that when some one comes up and compliments you on something you have thats so fashionable that no one else has, it gives you a good feeling, and b4 you know it you've started your own trend. Thats just me though, and since im into more kogal things thats how i like to live. If i like something, i know some one else is gonna like it, and i start a new trend, i kinda go out on a limb sometimes, yet others i just where what looks good on me, and is in.


I agree. Trends are important and vital to social evolution, but not in the way you've expounded. They're important because they are a projection of the current culture of a specific society living in a specific era. They are what characterizes the mode of living and intellectual capacity of the people living in such era. Pretty much like art, literature, music and architecture.
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Haydennick wrote:


projectcedric wrote:


Haydennick wrote:

. But then I start to think that if we do rebel, the corporate world would catch onto that anyway?They would change with us. I do think it is cool to be kind and sympathetic to other people, I try to apply that to my everyday life, but, to those people up at the top who call the shots, kindness doesn't bring in cash.


A free market economy runs on a supply and demand system. The consumers almost always have the real power. The corporate producers will only produce what the consumers demand. The fact that some things that are "unnecessarily trendy" are in the market means we asked for it. Its never the producers fault.


You are absolutely right. The corporation isn't the enemy. The point I did leave out was the media. But, if the media is influenced by what is popular, and if we decide what is popular, that makes us our own enemy.


Ye, exactly. And that's why I said capitalism is the "enemy". But its not really an enemy, and I'm not a communist. Its just bad because the market adopts to the demands of consumers, and consumers collectively don't really know what's good for themselves, so to speak.

A closed economy solves the problems of negative social effects, for the price of consumer liberty. And its also because of this that closed economies hardly thrive and most economies in the world are free market ("capitalist").

Its a social evolution thing, where the ones with the best intentions for the public are not necessarily the ones who survive.
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Posted 12/28/07
it's the process in which you get your money that should be the most joyful part.
it is good to be aware of what you are buying, but it is also good to be aware of how the product you bought works. the thing is, no one can live without buying products from stores, it's virtually impossible. that is only if you live in a urban area. why do i say that? because the amount of time you spend trying to do everything yourself would degrade you to the era of the apes. it's better we know how things work, therefore we can troubleshoot the simple errors, but when it comes to complex errors, you can solve it yourself, but it would take loads of time.

being a good person is not at the lowest priority, and to be sympathetic to everybody is almost impossible. why? because people who tend to rely on that sympathy are the ones who receive and never give back. would you give something to someone if you knew nothing was going to come back? no, no one would. unless you just have that time and money. giving people the things they want will just increase their dependency. sometimes being mean to someone is the key to making them smarter, but for some people (like me), they need a jump start... something to start them rolling.

the problem with "are we happy with corporates making money off us?" is exactly what i said above. i'm pretty sure you are aware how much time is actually put into a simple product like fabreez or perhaps that oral-b toothbrush with a chunk of rubber as it's handle. experts actually have to think of those things (toothbrush). fabreez... the chemicals used... the time required to advertise the product... time time time. if corporates never profited then they would probably shut the company down.

the only thing that keeps us from moving forwards is the anxiety of the future. "how will i feed my family... how can i survive in a society that is run by money... how can i be the richest man in the world...etc." there must be a purpose at the end of the tunnel, some sort of light, something which would lead us off to something we can drain off of.

thats my best way of explaining this humongous question. it's a little scattered, but oh well, read it or not, doesn't apply to me =)
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