SMS chains and boycott
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?