February 23, 2014

The Power of Allegiance

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"Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal." ~James Baldwin

Allegiances have permitted the 1% to develop and maintain their power and dominance. Failure to build allegiances and inability to overcome the structure of allegiances built around them maintains the status quo of the masses.

February 22, 2014

$19 Billion for Whatsapp?!

Perhaps the Facebook purchase of Whatsapp makes sense under this scenario:
  • Facebook intends to own every online platform the world uses to communicate with its friends
  • Whatsapp is used in many countries around the world because, unlike in the US, texting is very expensive
  • Whatsapp has provided no financial information indicating that it is a profitable company
  • Whatsapps current users pay 99-cents for a year of unlimited texting and sending recorded messages, the app is free to download
  • yet, Facebook pays $19 billion for Whatsapp
  • Whatsapp has only 55 employees making the purchase price "insanely high."
  • Facebook agrees that Whatsapp will remain an independent entity and brand
  • Facebook is a publicly owned company and by law is required to maximize profits
  • Facebook, in order to maximize profits and not monetize the independent Whatsapp entity, reinvents Whatsapp, weakens it, or shuts it down and directs users to use Facebook's existing or redesigned platform
    • Making Whatsapp an irrelevant entity!
Threat to monopoly averted!

February 17, 2014

What's a Customer to Do?!

The new business model of corporations selling products and services then refusing post-purchase phone calls is time-consuming and ineffective for customers. As consumers, we should calculate this cost into the purchase price of the product or service.

The new business model is a nursery for the sale of inferior products and services to consumers who are being conditioned to expect inefficient or no post-purchase customer service. Under this new and troubling model, buyers are directed to online communities of other purchasers to get answers or solutions. Bullshit!

We didn't buy the product or service from each other!

What, as consumers, are we to do?!

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