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at last! a rant in defense of Ikea and Starbucks:
There's an equally wrongheaded sibling rant, which is the eternal current of complaint lodged against Starbucks Coffee. Although there's probably more truth in the notion that Starbucks has made it difficult for independent local alternatives to survive . . . most critiques directed at the chain strike me as being built on the same shaky armature of self-righteousness, spoiledness, and ahistoricity. Like the blistering Ikea-hatred, there's something wildly out of scale in the tone and tenor of the criticism directed at Starbucks. [v-2]

Also on the Palahniuk topic, BoingBoing provides extensive links about the fainting phenomenon surrounding his latest short story collection. Maybe I'll listen to the MP3 of the reading the next time I need to feel ill. [bb]


that's a fantastic article. thanks.
I think that it was strange that the author mentioned Nike in the same sentence as Ikea and Starbucks toward the end of the piece. I sort of have the impression that Nike is much less responsible (/ much more evil) in terms of fair labor and the environment than Starbucks & Ikea. But they do make good commercials!

is it the shoes?

well, the thing is, how does starbucks treat the employees who grow and pick the beans wherever they get them? is all of ikea's furniture made in sweden by employees who are treated fairly?

nike hasn't always had the best shoes, but they definitely have the best advertising campaigns.

Re: is it the shoes?

Honestly, I don't know.

Starbucks has this Corporate Social Responsibility on their site & Ikea has a similar pages (Nike has similar pages buried in a Flash website), but I suppose it those aren't the most objective information sources.

It's all about impressions, which could be totally unfair. When I think of Nike, I think of sweatshop labor and good commercials. Scandinavia doesn't seem like a place rife with sweatshops, and Starbucks is a Fortune 100 Best Places to Work.