Who's guilty?

At the time of this posting, the "Who's Guilty?" poll from my previous post has 17 voters, eight of whom say marketers are more guilty than consumers. If you want to see all the up-to-date results, click on Survey Results.

In related news, I came across Seth Godin's musings on this subject in his post, Complicit. Do his questions affect your vote?


Red Letter Believers August 21, 2008 at 9:28 AM  

I didnt vote the first time around, but I would say consumers are. We havent learned to say "no", and that kind of rampant consumption is killing us.


M.joshua August 21, 2008 at 10:37 AM  

You really got me to think about this. I just read Seth's post, too.

I think that it's a valid question, but maybe a redirection is in order?

First and foremost, we have to personally be held accountable for our decisions. "Where am I guilty?" Is the question i would ask. (Obviously the blogosphere is not an easy place to ask such a question). But seriously, if we look at global warming, we can see how each of our sins are collaborative and collective. The only way to repudiate such a predicament is personal repentance.

This clearly illustrates the Eastern perspective of sin. One man's sin affects us all. Fortunately, one man's redemption can also counter-affect us all.

On a related note, I like the public screwballs who get up on stage in front of thousands of people and tell everybody what they've done wrong and move to a new way of living. Those are my heroes...

Hi, my name is Josh and I'm complicit in working for an agency that promotes self-indulgence for energy products, manufacturers and convenience stores. I'm seeking to usurp such values and industries in a generative way and find a way to reveal the Kingdom amidst the ad wasteland.

Sam Van Eman August 21, 2008 at 5:09 PM  


It's interesting and encouraging that you and M.Joshua are both confessing your complicities from opposite ends of the spectrum - one from the consumer end and the other from the marketer end.

A glimmer of hope?

Of course, we still need to buy things - energy products and much more - but confession is a great start toward reconciling marketers and consumers.

Let's press on.

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