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Online Companies Have Created a “Meaningless Economy” | Big Think

We are now in an economy of ‘likes’. Growth Hacking means that business no longer depend on the value of traditional economic exchanges but instead on selling of user data. What happens to the real economy when all business become an advertising business and nothing real get sold but likes and shares?

Companies like Facebook no longer depend on traditional economic exchanges to turn profit, so what does this mean for the consumer? When we’re not paying money, we’re paying in other ways, says Douglas Rushkoff.

Source: Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a “Meaningless Economy” | Big Think

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Chasing Rainbows. When effort means more than outcome

Rainbow Chasing: A person who is out of touch with reality. They chase dreams that are too old for or are not talented enough to be chasing ~ Urban Dictionary

Chase Rainbows: If someone chases rainbows, they are trying to achieve something they will never achieve ~UsingEnglish.com

However, respectfully I disagree with the two definitions above. Life’s meaning is not in the destination that you get at the end, but in the things gained from the journey taken.

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The True Cost. Food For Thought When We Buy Our Next ‘Cheap’ Clothing

It’s a question of fast. For a moment, fast was good. Fast got things done quickly. So we can expect things sold to us cheaply. But fast also means the pressure to do things ever more cheaply.

And unfortunately in the case of fashion, being an industry whose primary reliance is on human-based manufacturing and natural resources to produce, the emergence of fast fashion, although cheap for the end consumer, has led to continued wage deprecation whilst increasing the use of natural resources and human spaces.

Food for thought in our quest to buy our next ‘cheap’ clothing. 

The True Cost is a feature length documentary film that explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet. Available worldwide today!

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There Is a War Against Advertising, What’s Next?

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I was out riding just now after after several weeks of hazy conditions. Skies cleared and sunshine came through. And it was glorious!

The initial intention was to get done outdoor mileage and maybe do some more thinking on Purpose. But somehow my thought moved into the state of advertising today. What has become of it? Especially with the great debate on ad / content blocking.

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