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  • obvious tag went to communal colony
  • what?

    I sell my sperm over the internet as a "wrinkle reducing facial cream"

    is that wrong? and, if it is, do I ever want to be right?
  • diaphoresis: obvious tag went to communal colony


    It tripped over a pile of PBR empties and broke its neck.
  • You mean artisanal pickles isn't a solid business model?
  • Says the corporatocracy.
  • Hipsters.....you didn't build that
  • When I was a kid my mom gathered eggs -- with me
  • I build mind, not label, jackhat.
  • I sell a skinny jeans remover.
  • Omahawg: what?

    I sell my sperm over the internet as a "wrinkle reducing facial cream"

    is that wrong? and, if it is, do I ever want to be right?


    I came

    here to make some sort of weak sexual joke...but I see that's been covered. I'll show myself out.

    /Grabs hat off rack, whistles lightly.
  • Outrageous Muff: You mean artisanal pickles isn't a solid business model?


    No. Anal pickles...possibly.

    /Okay, really leaving now.
  • I agree with the article's perspective, but not its (and subby's) contempt. Subby is right - this isn't new. I think it started with the Yangist movement in China many thousands of years ago. Which means there's been pushback against urban culture pretty much since urban culture became a Thing. And there's always been good reason for it: people see themselves and everyone around them pouring all their energy into Stuff, the possession of which necessitates the need for more Stuff, and everyone's trying to learn the rules of an increasingly complicated culture.

    The desire to get away from that a little bit, to step back and try to take control of it somehow, plays out in different ways. Some people don't just quit their day jobs; they form whole communities with economies as self-contained as they can make them. Other people just try to back off a little - try to create something that feels authentic.

    I know it's a little marxist to say that separating the laborer from the product of her labor is dangerous, but at the very least, I think it opens the doors to lack of fulfillment. I feel bad for someone whose attempt to do something that makes them feel more authentic backfires on them... I don't get the contempt here.

    /not a hipster
    //likes money and Stuff
  • Fuggin Bizzy: Outrageous Muff: You mean artisanal pickles isn't a solid business model?

    No. Anal pickles...possibly.

    /Okay, really leaving now.


    Run away?
  • Indubitably: Says the corporatocracy.


    Watch your tongue peasant.
  • The article talks about the perils of trying a small business, but what happens when there's a cultural shift and there's a hipster critical economic mass (read: a market appears) as opposed to plain old "unhip" business? Seems like the artisanal thing is a niche market different from the roadside fruit stand. Also the difficulty of "scaling up" may not apply when someone just wants to make a living rather than fulfilling a dream of an organic rosemary/provence pickle for every citizen.
  • Still better than being a mindless drone for the shareholders.
  • StoPPeRmobile: Indubitably: Says the corporatocracy.

    Watch your tongue peasant.


    Careful.

    There might be a king under yer heel, friend, for you've yet to find,
  • Article says entrepeneurs are not always successful. Thanks Romero.

    We can't all have relatives in the movie business or publishing. Or even in admissions at Harvard. But we does the best we can to build a life we like.
  • murdoch's_weeners: I agree with the article's perspective, but not its (and subby's) contempt. Subby is right - this isn't new. I think it started with the Yangist movement in China many thousands of years ago. Which means there's been pushback against urban culture pretty much since urban culture became a Thing. And there's always been good reason for it: people see themselves and everyone around them pouring all their energy into Stuff, the possession of which necessitates the need for more Stuff, and everyone's trying to learn the rules of an increasingly complicated culture.


    "A career? I've thought about this quite a bit sir and I would have to say considering what's waiting out there for me, I don't want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed or buy anything sold or processed or repair anything sold, bought or processed as a career. I don't want to do that. My father's in the army. He wants me to join, but I can't work for that corporation, so what I've been doing lately is kick-boxing, which is a new sport..."
  • I'm no hipster, but I can admire their efforts in trying to start a business. Who wouldn't want to be their own boss? And if they fail, chalk it up to experience.
  • barter will be the weapon to defeat the NWO
  • do you guys hate hipsters?
  • fisker: do you guys hate hipsters?


    There is no such thing,
  • cotb: Also the difficulty of "scaling up" may not apply when someone just wants to make a living


    This is a big thing. Not everyone starts a business to grow it into a corporation.

    Some people want a return to the family business. They're sick of Coca-Cola style homogenization and mass production.

    Personally, I like small places better than big chains. 9/10 they're better in some ways. 10/10 they're better in all ways.

    But corporations make the most money because that's what they're designed to do. A soda jerk with a fountain at the drugstore was an artist. He could whip up anything you could dream up and make it good. A junior bartender. A god among kids. But that requires a lot more money and upkeep than a mere machine with five flavors. Hence the machines are now making the drinks. But any given Tuesday, you'd rather have the jerk whip up your drink from a fully stocked fountain. It's just not as profitable.
  • Fuggin Bizzy: Omahawg: what?

    I sell my sperm over the internet as a "wrinkle reducing facial cream"

    is that wrong? and, if it is, do I ever want to be right?

    I came

    here to make some sort of weak sexual joke...but I see that's been covered. I'll show myself out.

    /Grabs hat off rack, whistles lightly.


    come on, man, do you know how hard it is to hit that funnel day after day to get every last drop into those little bottles?

    sometimes I feel like a milk cow

    /works hard for the money. so, so hard for the money.
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