ethical consumption.

20 Jun

It is well past time that my digital footprint reflect my values. I already boycott Chick-Fil-a and Walmart, why has it taken so long for my internet shopping to get in line? One word: convenience. 

I’ve known for a while that this is something I needed to do. Really, I have. Facebook emerged out of misogyny, afterall. And Amazon’s mistreatment of workers is well documented. But, but, but…I am enculturated to be a consumer who values convenience and ease, who is afraid of missing something.

The final straws have come the past few weeks, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo’s net-worth continuing to rise even as Amazon underpays and exploits its essential workers and with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s bromance with the Liar/White Supremacist in Chief.  I can’t keep doing this. 

I have shifted my shopping online – that actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be since nearly everyone has delivery and/or pickup these days.  And there are so many streaming services, I don’t really need Amazon for much of anything anymore.  A mix of online retailers and local companies and my bills are only slightly higher (and I have the privilege of being able to handle that increase) and my conscience is clear. 

Facebook is proving more difficult. So much is linked to my facebook account, and so much history. And actions/events in the community. And yes, I definitely have FOMO (fear of missing out).  But I am not a commodity, and I don’t want to be facebook’s product anymore. I don’t want my images used by them for facial recognition. I don’t want videos I post of protests and rallies to be used to bring criminal charges against the protestors. I don’t want to be a part of a “community” where lying is okay and shrugged off. 

So goodbye Amazon. And Facebook, listen to your employees and get your act together or I’ll be dumping you, too.  I’m done with the cognitive dissonance it takes to maintain our relationship.

I know it is pretty much impossible to be an ethical consumer, but even though I can’t do everything, I can do this.

#BoycottAmazon  #DeleteFacebook

2 Responses to “ethical consumption.”

  1. nornsdatter January 14, 2021 at 8:27 pm #

    I have always admire your grit and courage, always.

  2. Fred Lehman January 19, 2021 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Dawn,
    Thanks for the thoughts about Amazon and Facebook. I dumped Facebook couple of years ago but I am thoroughly embedded with Amazon Prime to my chagrin. Mostly it has to do with being able to make lots of ‘small’ orders without worrying of missing something and having to pay exorbitant shipping fees all over again to make another small order. I have implored another company that I order small electronic components from for my hobby electronics and design consulting projects to offer a subscription service with a one time fee to cover the shipping expense but no response. But I am ‘conflicted’ and need help on this.
    Fred Lehman

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