But it's A-OKAY because they are a business after all, right?
Well, capitalism and free markets function on the philosophy of making as much money as possible. Large businesses with shareholders and investors are obligated by law to take actions they think will result in larger profits.
Problem is, when it gets to a certain point, things tend to plateau out, you've swerved everyone away from the competition so you don't need to make better products, and even if you do, you've already been noticed by anyone with an interest. Nickel-and-diming your customers for all they're worth is the last thing you can do to keep increasing your profits.
(This, incidentally, is why stories about major business "detaching" themselves from the United States are becoming increasingly common; we're "chasing them away" by being one of the last places with some laws that still give some measure of protection to consumers and low-wage employees. Protecting consumers makes it harder to turn a profit when a business gets to this stage.)
I don't think anyone would argue that it's morally okay, but the idea that for-profit business cares about morality as opposed to what's legal is just silly. Unfortunately, the word for making the market act based on what's best for the end-consumer instead of acting to continually funnel as much money up and up and up as possible is "Socialism," and we know how well that
goes over. (It's also not at all the right word for anything Obama does, which actually bears some frightening parallels to how fascism works in its extreme infant form. But hey, a little fascism might be good for business.)
Back on topic...some places, like right in the I-Ward protest thread, are praising Penny Arcade for the comic, but am I the only one who doesn't see the tone it takes as anything but condescending and spiteful? It makes valid points, yes, but it's also suggesting that the consumer (in this case, PC gamers) should be held accountable for the amorality of business, which is patently absurd. For years, everyone's preached "don't like, don't give them your money." Are we finally now realizing that this strategy is flawed (don't give them your money, don't expect them to make what you like by default when other factors exist) only to turn around and say it's better to be at the devil's side than in his path?This comment was edited on Oct 25, 2009, 23:45.
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