I just received my first mobilisation SMS message. I’m probably on the tail end of the trend here, but still, for me it’s a first. It came via my brother-in-law and reads “Boycott all US products the day they attack Iraq without UN approval. Join us and send this message to 10 friends globally.”

My first thought was how on earth am I going to boycott US products when I don’t like Coke or hamburgers anyway. Ah, I can skip Bran Flakes for brekkie, I decided. That’s made in the USA. And I can not wear that nice dress I bought two years ago in San Antonio. Not going to make much difference to global politics, though really, is it, I mean who’ll actually notice? And then it struck me: the web. I read lots of American blogs and use lots of American web services. I could boycott Google and Back to Iraq 2.0 and Liz and Mark and Scott and Noah and Brandon and Diane and Matt and Rebecca and Anne and the No War blog. And MoveableType, of course. That’d make a mark. They’ll all notice my absence and start to oppose the war!

I wonder, when people talk about boycott, do they generally include information and communication? Perhaps boycott belongs to history rather than to the present?

3 thoughts on “SMS chains and boycott

  1. torill

    You have to hit them where it hurts… don’t invest in any US based businesses, buy Nokia or Statoil stocks. And I am so sorry Jill, but you can’t get a new mac while this goes on. Ohhh, and software! Microsoft! We have YET an other reason to avoid Microsoft!

    Now if I can just find a good European alternative to Word, I’ll start my boycott right now. Luckily I already use Opera for the computers where I have control of the sorftware…

  2. Cassandra

    I’ve had a Blog Boycott placed on me recently. It’s up to others to judge whom it’s hurt more; but it’s certainly given considerable amusement to many who no the fellow who placed the boycott.
    The moral is, they always need to be assessed carefully before implementation.

  3. Jill

    The people who want to give the statue of liberty back to the French are probably no madder than the Norwegians wanting to boycott America.

Leave A Comment

Recommended Posts

Triple book talk: Watch James Dobson, Jussi Parikka and me discuss our 2023 books

Thanks to everyone who came to the triple book talk of three recent books on machine vision by James Dobson, Jussi Parikka and me, and thanks for excellent questions. Several people have emailed to asked if we recorded it, and yes we did! Here you go! James and Jussi’s books […]

Image on a black background of a human hand holding a graphic showing the word AI with a blue circuit board pattern inside surrounded by blurred blue and yellow dots and a concentric circular blue design.
AI and algorithmic culture Machine Vision

Four visual registers for imaginaries of machine vision

I’m thrilled to announce another publication from our European Research Council (ERC)-funded research project on Machine Vision: Gabriele de Setaand Anya Shchetvina‘s paper analysing how Chinese AI companies visually present machine vision technologies. They find that the Chinese machine vision imaginary is global, blue and competitive.  De Seta, Gabriele, and Anya Shchetvina. “Imagining Machine […]

Do people flock to talks about ChatGPT because they are scared?

Whenever I give talks about ChatGPT and LLMs, whether to ninth graders, businesses or journalists, I meet people who are hungry for information, who really want to understand this new technology. I’ve interpreted this as interest and a need to understand – but yesterday, Eirik Solheim said that every time […]