KEW Episode 6: Competition

People say competition is a good thing. It regulates markets. Protects consumers. Allows for watchable sports. But I see a lot of negative effects resulting from competition.

Given my background in Ecology, I understand ecological competition as occurring only when resources are limited, and leading to speciation. Pretty cool stuff. In essence, the lack of competition creates harmony in nature.

I see sports (sports fans, really) as creating a lot of negative energy around the winning and losing dichotomy. Competition leads to happy winners and sad losers.

I also see a lot of crappy products sold to willing consumers and making companies millions of dollars. Not sure competition is working there, either.

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Episode 5: Marketing and Solicitation

Advertising. Marketing. Persuasion. We all need to sell ideas, products, or services to each other. How we do these things says a lot about who we are as individuals, communities, and society at large. I personally DESPISE aggressive marketing aimed at manipulating consumers using psychological ‘tricks’. I hate that crap. Consumers can be easily fooled into supporting companies that don’t always offer what they say.

Of course, I need to advertise. For my brewing business and even for this podcast/blog/vlog. I want people who seek my ‘products’ to find them. But I refuse to aggressively persuade anyone to change their minds. Probably makes me a cruddy business person. But it’s honest. And authentic to my values.

These topics, some fresh ideas, and maybe some deluded dreams in this weeks episode on audio:

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