Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Who Is Responsible?

Seriously, when a product induces such responses that would cause people to be injured...

who has gone too far? 

Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain; it takes away the life of its possessors. (Prov. 1:19)

The company manufacturing and advertising the product?
The stores selling the product?
The consumer wanting the product?

Might I give you my opinion about who is responsible?

1. The company is. Don't tell me they don't realize the hype their product is causing. Is marginal production and strategic limited access that important? The proverbial shrug, the turning away from the riots without a statement gives me the idea that this negative promotion of a hot seller for this shoe company is welcomed perhaps? I do concur with the solutions given in this article. The shoe company needs to step up, be more responsible in this exploding era of social media, and respond to the mayhem.

2. The stores selling the product are. Lock the doors. Send the shoes back. Demand a better solution from the company selling the shoes. Don't pout about what happens outside your store. Surely you could have predicted this?

3. The crazy-about-trends consumer is. Really? What a sad story this tells about our American society. Not a surprise to me, but more of a punctuation. A basketball shoe. Disposable. Dispensable. Depreciating. (Just give it time - they will be on Ebay with the rest of the trends). A limited amount of basketball shoes requires police to respond? Really?

Am I the only one bothered by the visuals in the following video?

A society so saturated in greed that we would turn on other human beings in order to procure an inanimate object? Have we become a society bent on chasing things that will be - tomorrow - placed in a waste basket or Goodwill store?

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 
They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.
They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.
But that is not the way you learned Christ!
(Ephesians 4:17-20)