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but I foresee that 'consumers' will have to take more responsibility for the products that are created for them. Demand-driven design.

the internet can make this a lot easier. as it is if i want advice on any new item i intend to buy, i can google consumer reports, forums etc on the item and see others' reviews before deciding. of course review sites like engadget add value through being very on the ball and funny to boot.

this process can be simplified, and made less the somewhat lumpy, haphazard process it is now.

i recently bought a pre-amp/compressor, and my first request for advice was from a real meatworld person, whose opinion (and taste) i respect, then came the internet searching.

the consumer cannot have too much info before sending her money winging off.

in the future i hope to be able to chose what toys i buy for grandkids by checking into all aspects of the company providing the toys, from their factory safety, attitude to unions, quality control, donations to political parties, environment/recycling awareness etc.

all at one easily searchable, ad-free, unbiased databank, no more wild-google-chase!

this would also benefit the movement to apply political pressure through boycott, a tool that may be one of the last left in the citizens' box.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Mar 10th, 2009 at 05:05:37 PM EST
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