April 23, 2006
Shortie at the ASI. Too much choice inflicted upon us by rampant consumerism and capitalism is cured by......the choices offered to us by rampant consumerism and capitalism.
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I don't know if that argument really is conclusive. If I know a street near me is too dangerous to walk down I choose not to walk down it, but that doesn't mean the problem is solved.
I also think the commenter (on the ASI blog) perhaps overstates her case when she says:
Also, all these choices became availiable because somebody wanted them.
Can you assert that? There are probably 20 different kinds of kitchen roll in your average supermarket; I don't really believe consumers wanted that many, or even individuals.
This is not to say I really believe the counter-argument, that too much choice is bad, just that its not quite as straightforward as all that.
Tim adds: All these choices came about because someone wanted them? Well, yes, but usually the manufacturer, trying to segment his audience through product differentiation. Whther they’ll continue to be available depends upon whether someone actually buys/wants them.
Posted by: Matthew | Apr 23, 2006 10:27:07 PM
"Also, all these choices became availiable because somebody wanted them."
"yes, the manufacturer"
I don't think that's what she means, though.
Posted by: Matthew | Apr 24, 2006 8:35:55 AM