Forum Post: Using iPhones and Macbooks?--Is OWS being hypocritical? Where do we draw the line on corporations?
Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 19, 2012, 6:14 p.m. EST by owstok12
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A big media criticism of OWS has been protesters’ use of the products from major corporations such as Apple. They state that if the message of the movement is anti-corporation and in some sense anti-overconsumption, it is hypocritical for protesters to be using expensive electronic goods from the very source they are protesting. Furthermore, when Ben & Jerry’s announced their support for OWS, it was received with heavy criticism in the press which stated that it was once again hypocritical for the movement to accept support from a brand that is under the control of major international corporation (Ben & Jerry’s is operated by Unilever).
This issue of modern consumerism in connection with the OWS movement has raised many questions for me:
Is this reliance and use of goods produced by large, international corporations currently inevitable and if so, is there any chance of this changing in the future?
Is there something about these companies (specifically Apple) that makes it okay for us to use these goods as opposed to another corporation, say Sony?
And I guess on a larger scale, are we opposed to large corporations in general or just corporations that are “too large” or known for unethical practices?
I think is certainly an important issue of OWS that needs to be clarified so that the movement’s message can be spread more effectively. Feedback is much appreciated.