I stopped over my friends house yesterday. We'd planned to go out for dinner.
You may wonder WHY I hate C*mcast. One, they are too big, too influential. Two, they run ads, often, advocating for legislation or positions that regulators are considering, that help big business and hurt consumers-- deceptive ads, like ones opposing the open internet that the blogosphere supports. It's not surprising. C*mcast would make more money that way. But their ads are total bullshit.
But they had a salesman from Verizon there. He was setting them up with a package so they'd have a combo package-- video, internet and phone, all working on optical fiber network.
Optical fiber network. Not cable. Not analog or cell phone-- but optical fiber.
Now, my reaction was--- "wow, so I can dump C*mcast. I hate C*mcast." (I use the asterisk because I fear that if c*mcast actually sees me writing about them, they may cut me off, before I cut them off.)
I also feel that being so big, C*mcast has too much influence over people, especially when they can run ads and content that support their existence and maximal profit.
That said, my initial enthusiasm for an alternative to C*mcast was quickly tempered. We're talking, after all, about Verizon-- one of the behemoths that have re-consolidated since the initial breakup of Bell Telephone.
Still, this option seemed attractive. From a pragmatic standpoint, if the service was available at my house, then I wouldn't have to worry about Cable outages during storms. And they were claiming to charge less money too, for a higher speed internet.
But the point of this article came about because I recognized my antipathy to C*mcast, and really, to Verizon too.
I don't want to do business with these business behemoths.
Can we agree on this? Let's talk about it.
I would rather do business with a local person-- a real, flesh and blood person. The young man who was setting up the account for my friends was from Memphis. He was a twentysomething, walking a rural road, literally hiking one block on a long driveway, just to knock, cold call, on my friends door. He is not a neighbor, not a member of the community. He's a kid who Verizon works, probably on a commission basis, and he has no connection to the community.
I would rather do business with a local business-- a small business that has roots and connections in the community. In some foreign lands, foreigners are not allowed to own businesses. They MUST partner with native businesses. Of course globalization is trying to do away with this. But it's a good idea.
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Why not require that big, transnational businesses partner with small local businesses. Make it a law. Let locals profit. Require big corporations to partner and require them to make their business transparent, to prevent corruption.
Ideally, I'd like to see the biggest businesses made smaller-- broken up. Maybe there's another way to take advantage of bigness and the economies of scale that encourage mergers and acquisitions.We should look for alternatives. Big, huge businesses are bad for democracy and bad for humanity, especially when they corrupt government and legislation with lobbying, especially when they control the media.
How do we escape from this see-saw? How do we dismantle the corporate behemoths and leviathans?
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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