A Free Society and Buying Decisions vs Smoke & Mirrors
An Asian friend of mine told me and I quote "Asian people are taught from birth to only buy Asian products or they are a traitor to their race." -Roland G.
This got me thinking about how much freedom Americans have to make up their own minds about who and what they are and their buying decisions that result. I know that I don't have to consider what other people think of me when I buy something as simple as a game console. And then I heard about this situation: A kid took one of his father's redesigned Xbox controllers to school to show off the cool-factor to his friends. The kid was teased and ridiculed for being an Xbox consumer! Really?
Is there something going on in the media section that is insidious and wrong? Are there people reviewing products that don't use said products? Are there people reviewing games/products who do not really play games? Or are not reviewing genres they play? Are there too many likes at risk for reviewers to have personal integrity? Has gaming gotten to be such big business that invested you-tubers will go to any lengths to misconstrue information and simply use smoke and mirrors to obfuscate real facts? Or are there people who want their story to "get out there first" and simply put out shallow reviews that are incomplete? Do we have consumers who believe anything that agrees with their preconceived notions? Is there a sheep-like gang mentality that is making big noise? Are people simply ignorant and passing themselves off as experts?
What is going on? OK, we are inundated with advertising by manufacturers of items like TVs. Which are in a competitive market-place. They often have some patented tech and will try to differentiate their product and come up with different names for features that are similar in all brands. Consumers can be easily confused. Consumers who are honest and demonstrate integrity in their lives, project that same presumption of integrity towards salesmen and corporations that supply a product they are interested in purchasing. Suspicious, paranoid, fearful, non-confident and anxious people project that mind set toward others in the same way (This is where trolling can begin but especially with malicious personalities).The solution
is to establish a long term relationship with a brand through a company with a demonstrated history of integrity in your community. Your grandfather probably bought his cars from the same dealer/salesman his entire adult life. There is a company in a city near me that has been in the AV business for 3 generations. I ask them for information and they give me an honest answer. And if they do not know, they tell me straight up and recommend a resource.
Come on people, get better with your logical thinking skills. Do not believe everything you hear and see....anywhere. Have the patience to do some research and use reliable resources that have proven worthy of your trust because said resources have demonstrated integrity.
In your own life here is a basic tenet on how to to learn, recognize and demonstrate integrity: The Four Way Test of things we think, say or do : 1) is it the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendship? 4) Will it be beneficial for all concerned?
Begin with the above and see what happens. We get back what we give out. It used to be that people who did not demonstrate such integrity were not considered to be good leaders. At least in a free society.
Posted by Marine1Ten
on 24 September 16 at 14:38
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