we are young and stupid and raised by wolves
(this is not real life. these are not pictures of me. I am 20-something years old and a woman and passionate about politics and fanfiction and, as far as you are concerned, I only exist online.)
mysweetetc replied to your post “mysweetetc replied to your post “What do you think of Comixology now…”no, I’m scared too! I’ve just always been both impressed and a little astonished by those who stick to strict boycotts of ever-increasing mega-corporations. But I applaud the dedication.
It’s honestly not that difficult. I mean — objectively it might be, but for me, it’s just not super hard not to shop at Amazon. Keeping track of what sites Amazon owns is the hardest part. (It would be way harder to boycott, say, Kraft foods, because those motherfuckers own everything.)
I don’t really buy books that often; usually I get them from the library or from other bookseller websites. Most of the stuff that I would buy from Amazon I can get just as easily from Target. Sometimes tech stuff (adaptors for my power cords, new headphones, etc) can pose a problem, but Google has a shopping page that is usually pretty reliable. There’s a Walgreens walking distance from my apartment, and a hardware store walking distance from work.
I do live in a city, which makes things a lot easier because there are large retail areas that I can access on foot or via public transit. And I make enough money that I can afford to pay a little more than I otherwise might, though at this point Amazon’s not usually much cheaper than anywhere else, if it’s cheaper at all. I think a lot of people who shop there basically shop there out of habit rather than thrift.
There is an economic factor to boycotting, but I think these days the bigger factor is an energy one — you CAN find everything at Amazon, and it’s easier than shopping four different places or price comparing across websites. And that’s legitimate, it’s an issue of having the spoons. But I have the energy and ability to shop elsewhere, so I do.
That’s good. It’s reassuring to know it is a pervading myth that it’s all cheaper on Amazon. Yeah, I resort to them when I don’t know what kind of store will have what I’m looking for, or when it seems just too out of the way and I don’t mind waiting for it to be shipped. Oh, also their wish lists are useful for buying presents for long-distance friends.
I have torn feelings about Amazon because while I hate their bullying tactics and eradication of independent bookstores and general fuckery — my step-father first got published through HarperCollins, which treated him awfully in both marketing (even Orson Scott Card said so, though I know most of the time his opinions are shit) and being honest about sending him royalties, so eventually he got his rights back and self-published his books through Amazon. Despite the troubles he had with HarperCollins, he formed an audience through them that followed him to Amazon, so he’s actually doing really well now, enough to support himself and my mom in retirement. And that’s better than most authors are able to pull off, I know.
So when it comes down to a difference between 15% and 70% royalties, it’s hard to argue with that. (Although of course with the second option, you’re doing the marketing yourself, and I don’t know how easy it is to get your books into bookstores nationwide.)
Anyway, now he’s very pro-Amazon and encouraging me to self-publish as well with them, and I’m torn between wanting to start my career on a well-known platform and not giving my soul to a bullying mega-corporation. And yes, I know you’ve found alternatives to self-publishing too. :)
it bothers me that Kansas and Arkansas are not pronounced the same
I’m from the UK and I have been pronouncing Arkansas as Ar-Kansas my whole life
For all my non-american friends, Arkansas is pronounced ark-an-saw
lol, it never occurred to me that this would give non-Americans trouble. Actually, it never even occurred to me that they should be pronounced the same. I suppose because I grew up singing the names of all the states in alphabetical order in school…
TRAMADOL MIDNIGHT THEATRE
Summary: The gossip magazines just found out about Clint’s daughter Isobel. Clint’s freaking out, but Steve’s totally got this covered.
"Well, it had to happen sometime," Tony says philosophically, when JARVIS puts up the People Magazine cover on the big screen in the kitchen. It’s Saturday morning, and those fucks didn’t even warn any of them, and Clint is white as a sheet and holding Izzy more tightly than she’d like to be held.
So cute, omg, I love healthy!protectiveness