Saturday, October 20, 2007

true confessions

I don't think I've ever gone on one of my rants against starbucks on the mouse, I know I have put up comments on cyberbuds verilion and len's blogs spouting my self-righteous attitude about the company. as far as I'm concerned starbucks is just not my cuppa tea or should I say java. despite how they portray themselves, starbucks is just another mega-corporation that says one thing but does another. despite their reputation for being pro-employee they have several lawsuits against them for their union-busting behavior and their record of providing health care is let's say even worse than wal-mart. I really don't like how they come into a community and push out the 'little guys.' and don't even get me started on the issue of 'world domination' - along with the mcdonaldization and disneyfication of the world there also seems to be a starfuckication (whoops, I mean starbuckication) of the world. sorry, I find it just wrong.

but I am no longer pure. I have crossed over to the dark side. and it was the song of a siren that lured me over and her name is joni. joni mitchell recently released shine on starbuck's 'hear music' label. however, I did not buy the cd actually in a starbucks - do I get back any of my self-righteous points for that??

okay, that's my confession. by the way 'shine' SHINES!!! but joni how could you?????

11 comments:

Julien said...

They are everywhere, they spread in Paris too ! As we say in French : faute avouée, à moitié pardonnée ;)

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Oh, you hit some raw nerves here for me too. I have to say I'm actually mixed on Starbucks. With Wal-Mart you know they are purely evil, give to Republican causes, etc. etc. So some people say, "Oh, I'll shop at Target, since they're more progressive" which in some ways is worse, since you're deluding yourself into thinking you're not pushing things forward. "I drove my Prius to buy fair trade coffee at Starbucks, so I'm a good person, right?" I have an ex who worked for them, and actually got amazingly good health benefits, and I was able to be put on as a domestic partners. On various trips to Guatemala, I've heard from coffee producers who sell to them who say they actually get the best prices for their coffee from them, have had a reliable stream of orders and feel they are treated fairly. But then there is their omni-presence -- on every corner, in every Target and in every Safeway. And then co-opting Joni. Well, I've been out of sort with Joni for some time. I agree with her that the music industry is messed up and obsessed with witless, talentless half-naked girls. So Joni was just bitter, retreated to Malibu and said she'd retired from music, said she'd just paint and hang out with the grandkid...and then distributes a new album through Starbucks. Oh, on top of that she's destroyed her voice by inhaling Phillip-Morris products for decades. Indeed, paradise was paved to put up a parking lot! (Sorry, had to get all that out.)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Kimy, you'll be delighted to know there aren't any Starbucks here - virtual domination is not complete! The worst we have to contend with are the dreaded MacDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken - in some ways all those years of isolation have been a godsend!
PS I "met" my first Starbucks last year in London and thought it was supremely vile.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I meant world domination, not virtual domination. Lack of sleep, sorry!

lettuce said...

starfuckication, hahaha.

yup, i take pleasure in not going to starbucks. I have some friends who are big fans, so can't claim never to have drunk coffee in one. But i take perverse pleasure in the inconvenience sometimes caused by my request for fair trade coffee, because they often have to make it specially, not actually being properly organised for it....

Reya Mellicker said...

Wal-mart is awful, but as far as big companies go, Starbucks is really stellar. There are always lawsuits because that's what our culture thrives on.

No company is perfect, but Starbucks is very good. They provide health insurance even for their part-time employees. Their stores are clean and the people who work at the Starbucks here in DC are always friendly, plus I see the same people working for long periods of time. No one stays for long at a terrible job.

I used to work for Whole Foods, another large corporation I fully support.

Get me on a rant about Wal-mart, though, and I'll never ever stop.

kimy said...

j - ;)

thanks everyone on the starbucks feedback.

I have been a bit disturbed with hearing that despite what jt heard from the guatemalan coffee producers, the actually percentage of free-trade coffee sold in starbucks is quite small (last figure I heard was 5-6%)

it's good to hear that sb's has a domestic partner policy - sensible and the right(as in correct!) thing to do.

I'm fortunate to have access to lots of small (independently-owned) free-trade coffee sources.

have many friends who are quite fond of starbucks and altho I don't imbibe, of course I support their choice and still love them. ;) yeah, yeah mighty big of me

marxsny said...

I'm not really sure how I feel about Starbucks. It seems that, for whatever reason, as their prevalence increased my patronization decreased. I did buy "Shine", although not in a Starbucks. I downloaded it on iTunes, which I suppose just supports "Appleization" another great evil as far as I'm concerned.

Colette Amelia said...

God you gotta love a good rant, and I got to say that was one dam fine rant!

Purge baby purge!

Verilion said...

Ah more facts to add to my list of reasons why I hate Starbucks. But yep totally agree with you, how could she?

Seraphine said...

I had an early appointment in San Francisco today and was happy to find a Starbucks across the street. It's not my first or second or third choice, but it was definitely better than nothing.