Posted 5 years ago on May 28, 2012, 3:35 a.m. EST by Misaki
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How? Simple: it makes you think things are worth more than they really are. Advertisements and complacency which makes you vulnerable to the suggestions you see.
Our minds are vulnerable to our senses of hearing and sight, this is obvious and just as obviously advertising companies exploit this to make you think that a certain product is worth buying.
The NYT's iEconomy series on Apple's business practices had a lot of good comments so it might help you see how you are being manipulated, but there's no real reason to single out Apple other than that it is extremely profitable compared to its competitors (and stores those profits in overseas tax havens despite some people wanting it to pay that money out in dividends to stockholders).
So basically TV memes of value have corrupted the minds of most consumers in the US and turned them into zombies. This is part of why people are reluctant to abandon their iPhones and support work conservation.
The question is, are you willing to care? Or will you let Wall Street win (again)?