Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I have this ongoing argument/conversation with a guy who frequents "Slim Pickin's". He is pro-popout, market forces and capitalism as innovation. I call bullsh!t. We go 'round and 'round about how local shapers deserve support/ innovative material genius dudes in Thailand deserve support. I'm right, he's wrong.
I have this friend whose wife is into local eating. Saves the earth one carrot at a time. I didn't really buy it until I started reading "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" at her prompting. I guess asking for an apple to be shipped to me from New Zealand doesn't really make much sense. Farmer's Market here I come. She's right and now so am I.
I took my wife's car into the shop. "Is it worth supporting a domestic brand?" The shop owner, who I deem as trustworthy as any car repair guy on earth, tells me that cars are a global product of a global market. The difference between a Ford made in Detroit and a Toyota made in New Mexico (or wherever) isn't much. No one is right anymore.
So what gives? Global capitalism forces are making surf culture into a caricature, making food culture into an environmental/medical nightmare, and making Automotive Detroit into Anycarville, Anywhere? This may be rehashing an established point. Point made.