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    I've been reading about how some theorists suggest that business has moved from a service economy to an experience economy, that is that people buy experiences, the more transformative the more they are willing to sacrifice greater and greater amounts of their disposable income to it and the more successful businesses will be those which can provide the more transformative experiences.

    In part this comes from futurologists who complained about economists in the sixties and seventies being unable to imagine economies other than communism and capitalism, who suggested that consumerism could evolve in ways which superseded both or at least promised more than either of the traditional economic paradigms.

    The theory emphasises the importance of fantasy, dreams and expectations in shaping experience and driving consumer choice.

    Have you heard of this idea before? How relevent do you think it is? Is it any good as a theory or does it not contrast aswell with other theories that you are familiar with or your own experience? Is asking that question itself evidence of the experience economy being the prevail paradigm.

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    It's true. One evidence I find is so called "infinite scrolling" (one of the most idiotic inventions foisted upon us lately)

    Some fool thought clicking to advance a page was too much work or interrupted flow or whatever asinine idea they had and they decided to make content automatically load in one looooooooooooooooooooooooong page so people can just browse non-stop apparently. This has been a massive headache for those of us who don't want to browse, we want to FIND something that we know we're looking for.

    Imagine a dictionary, or even worse an entire encyclopedia, written on ONE LONG SINGLE PIECE OF PAPER. This is what they're basically doing, and it is stupid and needs to die.

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    Certainly we are being sold the New York experience, and the Irish experience, and the BMW experience. And we are not being sold the experience of critical thinking. We are not being sold the experience of empathy.

    There is a whole industry called the New Age which specialises in selling experiences, from the meditation experience, to the massage experience, to the mbti experience.

    All these experiences are no threat to anyone and indeed make money. But they are shallow and empty and have no lasting effect. They are the junk food of the psyche.

    They are as tasty as junk food full of fat and salt and just as nourishing to the psyche.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Certainly we are being sold the New York experience, and the Irish experience, and the BMW experience. And we are not being sold the experience of critical thinking. We are not being sold the experience of empathy.

    There is a whole industry called the New Age which specialises in selling experiences, from the meditation experience, to the massage experience, to the mbti experience.

    All these experiences are no threat to anyone and indeed make money. But they are shallow and empty and have no lasting effect. They are the junk food of the psyche.

    They are as tasty as junk food full of fat and salt and just as nourishing to the psyche.
    I feel great for days after a massage.
    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    I feel great for days after a massage.
    Next try the BMW. And New York is nice in Spring, and Ireland all year. And perhaps you might like to try the meditation experience in Bali. And of course you are revelling in the mbti experience as I write.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceecee View Post
    I feel great for days after a massage.
    I like that response because it is a definite and good example of how despite its detractors, usually very intellectual ones, consumerism for most people feels good, consumerism for most people has prevailed over all its major rivals in ideology, philosophy etc. Or at the very least co-opted them one way or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    Next try the BMW. And New York is nice in Spring, and Ireland all year. And perhaps you might like to try the meditation experience in Bali. And of course you are revelling in the mbti experience as I write.
    You really should recognise that disagreement can provide as much insight and prove as interesting and thereby be useful, more useful than assent or agreement sometimes, certainly more useful than an unthinking or unthoughtful assent or agreement.

    Making a point, even a good one, isnt worth much if when its challenged all you can do is assert it once again more forcefully than you did before.

    Its not insistence, persistence or vehemence that makes a point worthwhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    You really should recognise that disagreement can provide as much insight and prove as interesting and thereby be useful, more useful than assent or agreement sometimes, certainly more useful than an unthinking or unthoughtful assent or agreement.

    Making a point, even a good one, isnt worth much if when its challenged all you can do is assert it once again more forcefully than you did before.

    Its not insistence, persistence or vehemence that makes a point worthwhile.
    I always read your posts, dear Lark, and I value your thoughtful and informed assent or disagreement.

    And sometimes as you so rightly point our my posts aren't always thoughtful but rather express my emotion of the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    I like that response because it is a definite and good example of how despite its detractors, usually very intellectual ones, consumerism for most people feels good, consumerism for most people has prevailed over all its major rivals in ideology, philosophy etc. Or at the very least co-opted them one way or another.
    The aim of consumerism is to sell a product. And this is done by making us feel good all the time. This stunts our emotional response, and after a while become tedious.

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