Monday, February 27, 2006

Survey Response

AlterNation101 asks:

I want to know if people would support a boycott of businesses and products who place their advertisements on media entities and programs that play partisan politics.

I would also like to know if people would support a boycott of the same businesses and products who place their ads on programs that glorifies distorted values as if they are normal and "realities" (such as ABS-CBN's Pinoy Big Brother).

Gee now, let's see.

I cut my subscription to cable TV last year. Now, I only average 30 minutes a month of broadcast TV, and even then there's only drivel.

I buy only one magazine regularly, and that's W.I.T.C.H., but the series is starting to suck so I'll end it after the current story arc.

I don't buy newspapers, preferring to mooch them off my relatives.

My regular staple of groceries is Mountain Dew, Ariel, and Downy. I get my stuff from Lee Plaza, which doesn't advertise, period.

There's no Starbucks or Seattle's Best where I live, but there is a nice coffee shop operated by an old lady in the Valencia public market where my biker gang goes every morning. And I mooch off my friends for coffee.

My biggest monthly expense, after my electric bill, is my broadband connection.

So...there's really not much for me to boycott.

And that leads me to my next suggestion: anyone who's serious about this boycott idea should just come to Dumaguete (or any underdeveloped part of the country) and live like me!


  1. I might just take you up on that suggestion. ;)

  2. Oooh, I'll have to buy a tandem bike so we can go to manangs together.


  3. Hmmm nice... but seriously now...

  4. Seriously now what? If you want to do a boycott of products which advertise in media you don't like, this is how you do it. Almost everyone advertises in GMA, ABS-CBN, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

  5. Ooh, W.I.T.C.H., I wasted precious money on that issue but after I quit my first job, I realized that I could live without it. As for coffee, I have unschooled taste. I'm as okay with Starbucks as I am with an instant coffee mix. Frankly, they're both caffeine, and that's all I drink coffee for. Oh god, don't even get me started with Pinoy Big Brother, though I did buy the DVD of the first season but only because I knew my Mom was crazy about it! She talked about nothing else so I decided to buy it for her for Christmas just to shut her up.

  6. You haven't really tasted coffee until you've tasted Manang's coffee. Sure, sure, it's really Nescafe, but you have to take it in those cheap crystal glasses to get the real promdi feel.

    W.I.T.C.H. hasn't really been so good anymore. Too much angst. I much preferred Monster Allergy.

    Pinoy what? He he he.

  7. I shop at Walmart, eat at McDonald's, and drink Starbucks coffee. I also drink *both* Pepsi and Coke.

    I watch cable TV. I sometimes even drive to school, less than a mile away.

    What can I say, I'm a slave to consumerism. :-/

  8. What if I can prove that... an advertiser, say, Mcdonalds', consistently sponsors radio programs that works to get Marcos back in power, would you still want to eat there?

    You wouldn't, I am sure, unless you want Marcos back!

  9. But...but...but...I love their fries!

    Just kidding. We don't have a McDonald's here in Dumaguete. And Roy is in the States, so his Golden Arches as probably involved in another conspiracy. =)

  10. wow, coffee in those cheap crystal glasses. yes, best coffee i've ever tasted.

    jute, yep, caffeine any one of them, but for some reason, my head can tell. head aches when i imbibe more than one cup of instant coffee (-though i can tolerate great taste granules more- oops, aren't we in the spirit of a boycott?).

    dominique, yeah, wow. those cheap coffee by the roadside. wow. used to drink them before going to school. sobrang tamis pa nga nga timpla, at medyo malabnaw. pero, wow. better than brewed at jollibee or mcdo. whew.