Inspired by my good friend Lauren Price
What do I mean by this? I mean that our days are not just filled with us emptying our wallets at some big box store like Costco or even boutique shops you only find in quaint towns in New England...brands actually own our time.
- Starbucks owns coffee time (possibly more than once a day for some)
- Google owns research time
- Pottery Barn owns interior decorating idea time (not my style but others seem to like)
- Facebook owns social networking time (way, way, way lots of this going on!)
- Twitter owns micro-blogging and follow time
- iTunes owns your music, time, music downloads and possible parts of your body time
- Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy (same company BTW) own Christmas time
- LLBean owns outdoor time
- Amazon owns find anything in the world shopping time
- Kayak owns travel time
- YouTube & Netflix own video watching, uploading, commenting, rating, sharing and OMG a lot of freekin' time!
- eBay & Craigslist own any leftover "lets make a deal Monty Hall", time.
- Farmville owns the make a fake farm, earn fake money and do nothing useful time - which apparently American's have lots of
Part of me is a bit sad reading this list, part of me enjoys these brands immensely for how easy they make my life and another part is flat out jealous of the monster businesses they have become. I mostly highlighted digital entities but obviously you could add a whole host of non-electronic characters that have used their scale to drag us in like the Borg from startrek...Remember, "resistance is futile!"