Amazon‘s Echo Look: Exploiting Our Inner Narcissist
The depth to which a corporation will sink to exploit our insecurities and separate us from our money knows no bounds.
Amazon now wants to tell us how to dress. I can hear is now,
“Alexa, do these jeans make me look fat?”
“No, but these jeans, for $79.99 (free shipping), will improve your look. Make sure you share this with your friends.”
Do we really want an organization, motivated solely by money, to become such an integral part of our lives? Is it in our best interest to give Amazon so much of our personal information, not just want we are wearing, but also what insecurities are?
By giving Amazon so much of our personal information we help them, and anyone else they sell our information to, exploit us for profit. We are being manipulated without our knowledge and in ways we can‘t fully appreciate or comprehend.
Protect yourselves by protecting your privacy.
The government is not going to help protect you. Journalists will let you know what is happening and help you understand why it matters, but their platforms and reach are being weakened every day, and are no match for the slick presentations of Amazon.
All of this while Amazon eliminates jobs across the country.
Back in September of last year (2016), the American Booksellers Association and Civic Economics released a full update of their “Amazon and Empty Storefronts” study.
“The updated study again shows that — whether it’s in dollars lost in sales and property tax revenue, far fewer retail storefronts serving local communities, or significant job losses — Amazon has a massive, overall negative impact on the American economy,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher. “We need to come to grips with the fact that every American consumer is paying a high price for Amazon’s growth.”
—“Updated Study Drives Home Amazon’s Negative Impact on Economy” By David Grogan, Sep 28, 2016
ESSENTIAL NATIONAL FINDINGS 2015 (read the full report)
- In 2015, Amazon sold $55.6 billion worth of retail goods nationwide, all while avoiding $704 million in sales taxes. The cost of lost sales taxes falls equally on state and local governments.
- These sales are the equivalent of 39,000 retail storefronts or 133 million square feet of commercial space, which might have paid $528 million in property taxes.
- A total of more than $1.2 billion in revenue is lost to state and local governments.
- Amazon also operated 75 million square feet of distribution space, employing roughly 111,000 workers.
- Even counting all the jobs in Amazon distribution centers, Amazon sales produced a net loss of 222,000 retail jobs nationwide.