BeerIsGood wrote:Perhaps my perspective is somewhat formed by places I have visited/lived in, but I find this issue tedious, relatively meaningless and a very slippery slope for any consumer of anything. It's the moral indignation factor and how selectively it is applied that bothers me about this and other related issues. For example, all opinions on this issue were expressed using computerized devices of some sort. Yet, have you delved deeply into the labor practices under which these devices were manufactured, or, perhaps more importantly, the societal impact of the mining practices which produce some of the minerals required for those devices. Do you drink tea? I've seen tea pickers working in Sri Lanka and know how much they earn. Yet, I'm sure few are morally concerned about their tea, but perhaps you should be. The beer label issue is superficial and in your face, thus easy to react to, one way or the other. Dig beyond this superficiality and you will probably find far more significant problems with some of the products you use without an afterthought. Potentially offensive beer labels are the very definition of a first world problem.
Yes, but we are in the first world, so it is our problem.
I'm not dismissing the importance or truth of what you are saying. People have all sorts of variations of ability to change things through their decisions. Yes this discussion is about picking off the easy ones, like "hmmm, I have a choice of 20 IPAs in front of me at the LCB0 (definitely not a first world problem a few years ago
) Should I pick the one with the offensive label?"
I don't think the broken window theory is all that valid, but geez, if we can't get basic civility into a simple first world pleasure like craft beer, how are we going to move anybody into taking a moment to think about what you have accurately pointed out needs to be addressed?
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