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@christianreber if you buy an app to write a book:

The Unexpected Consequences of Consumerism 2009.06.09 I’m reading Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts. I’m only a quarter of the way through it and it’s already worth the price. In the third chapter, Rolf talks about the American reaction to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in the late 80s. The nation suddenly became, on the average, much more environmentally minded. So what did we do? We bought “environmental” products. Recycled products, energy-efficient this-or-that, health food, etc. What did we not do? Actually change our behavior. Here’s a quote from page 29: The more our life options get paraded around as consumer options, the more we forget that there’s a difference between the two. When I read this I recognized a pattern in myself and many people (everyone?) I know: You want to lose weight, get excited and buy a bunch of boo...

Full article: http://chadfowler.com/blog/2009/06/09/the-unexpected-cons...

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