The Little Lie at the Heart of Consumer Choice

30 04 2013

Bless Steve Jobs. I mean, I hate his horrible, anti-competitive company, their fetish-generating products and a corporate policy that seems to suborn inhumane working conditions.

But I love him for at least one thing: he was either so in love with his counterfeit counter-culture persona, or so unawares of the governing philosophy of American capitalism, that he let this gem slip when asked how much “market research was conducted to guide Apple” in its production processes:

“None. It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want.”

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Open Government Ex Ante: My talk to Open Government Chicago

25 04 2013

Good discussion at the end of the video too. Thanks to Joe Germuska and Dan O’Neil for the invite.





Panglesias: Let “the People” Choose to Die Grisly Deaths for Pay

25 04 2013

I’m cheery about the future of the left, and the impending doom of the neoliberal consensus. I feel this way the more I see how neoliberal/technocratically bent writers are forced to drift into abstractions to avoid dealing with actual human conditions. Matthew Yglesias’s response to the grisly deaths of more than one hundred fifty human beings in a Bangledeshi factory is a parody of technocratic, soulless, supposedly a-political neoliberalism. What’s funny is I’m in the middle of preparing a Same Subject Unreadable Longpiece(tm) on the defense of neoliberalism (well…you’ll see I guess).
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