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Global Crossings - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Global Crossings
I recently purchased a heavily discounted "double pliers multi-tool" made by the Protocol company at our neighborhood Marshall's. On the back of the package, within inches of each other, are the following words:
European Design. . .

American Attitude

Made in China
I can't imagine a pithier indictment of our consumer privilege. Thank G-d I didn't pay full price!

BTW, the company has apparently disappeared off the face of the planet, hence their products' presence in Marshall's. Ah, the heady days of the dot-com era.

Mode: stiff
Muse: The Swing Of Things - a-Ha - Scoundrel Days

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: November 18th, 2003 11:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well that's more than a bit frightening. Were I more awake I might just speculate as to how this fits into a re/narrating of orientalist implications in modern production and consumption trends. As it stands, though, I'll offer a tool-centered coincidence of the day instead: My friend Matt tells me "Toolbox" serves him well as an epithet in lieu of calling his male friends by name.

I can only hope "Toolbox" may offset some of the rampant "Dudes" issuing from his lips. Though the thought of "Toolbox" substituted for "Dude" as interjection/censored-expletive, now that I think about it, is rather amusing. "Toolbox! I can't believe he ran that light," he might say. Or, "It'll take her a couple hours to get her across town, I mean, toolbox, what was she thinking leaving so late."
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