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Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
So to sum up an Tl:dr- McDonald’s used to be focused on marketing to children to get parents wallets. Like many chains at the time, they started to move away from their “child focused” image to appeal to adults directly as a place THEY could eat. As the public started to rally against how unhealthy fast food was, and against marketing unhealthy things to children, McDonald’s took further steps to not pull a “Joe Camel” and end up in legal or PR hot water over targeting children with inherently unhealthy meals using cartoons and toys. They then further “sanitized” their brand to try to mitigate the shift of consumers to wanting quality, responsibly sourced, healthy meals. The end result is a transformation from a play ground selling cheap unhealthy food in huge portions to a wanna be Whole Foods look alike selling unhealthy food with buzzwords in slightly smaller portions at higher prices.
Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
We’ve seen this trend with chains like “Five Guys” listing the local supplier of the peanuts used in their fry oil on signs in the dining area, other chains showing the “local farm” or “family farm” that supplies some or all their meat etc. chipotle perhaps exemplifies the idea of a chain fast food place using various tricks and design choices to create an atmosphere more akin to a local small business focused on health or environment.
Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
The modern consumer is aware of- and largely hostile to the aesthetic of the tacky mega brand. People gravitate towards “locally sourced” or “local business” “sustainable” “organic” etc. McDonald’s has worked to push each location as “owner operated” by local businesses as a franchise as opposed to a faceless multinational. They changed the oil used for their fries, push hard on their “100% beef patties” and changed packaging, branding, and location to try to emulate a more “rustic” or “organic” look often seen at smaller “green” businesses.
Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
Changes to their menu to include “healthier” options or at least options which SEEM healthier- dropping the term “super size” and the option all together (the documentary “Supersize Me” and backlash as well as health concerns and legal concerns largely prompted this). But not only does their newer color scheme and decor speak to a more “grown up contemporary” look- but it also is designed to emulate cues people associate with brands and the idea of things like health, quality, and quaintness.
Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
Another major factor in McDonald’s rebranding has been increased public awareness and interest in health and the environment, as well as pressure and legal liability. In the 90’s McDonald’s got a lot of media heat for its packaging, so first they got rid of styrofoam packaging, and then later severely curtailed their mass use of “promo packaging” that went to waste when promo periods ended. Their “aduktification” is in line with that-
Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
They moved Ronald to the background- but for the last 20 odd years clowns haven’t been as popular as they once were. One of the final nails in the coffin for Ronald was that whole “killer clown” scare some years back. McDonald’s pulled him all together during that period and retired him shortly after.
Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
Around that same time, McDonald’s began to decide to distance itself from its childish image and its mascots. We saw it step further and further away from Its cast of characters like “Birdie” “Grimace” “The McNuggets” and such, the “McDonald’s play place” being downplayed or removed all together; and only their Mascot- Ronald McDonald remained.
Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
This was a movement through the industry- “Jack” of Jack in the box fame had been their mascot- every drive through had a Jack in the Box head as an order box! But... for the time period this was seen as “childish” and fast food in the US was trying to show it was “grown up food” and attract grown up clients buying for themselves.
Instead of a happy meal, you’ll get a depressed meal 11 comments
guest_ · 1 hour ago
Sort of. McDonalds very specifically marketed towards children. Not all that long ago in the USA fast food wasn’t as common a meal, and was often associated with- well, children or immature qualities. McDonald’s started getting made fun of in ads by competitors who would appeal to an increasing market of adults buying fast food for themselves and not because they had kids as a “treat” or on a road trip or when busy.
Hong kong police pepperspray elderly point blank 9 comments
guest_ · 18 hours ago
That said... were we to remove the systems of checks and balances or change those systems- looking at simply the will and ability to use brutal and unethical means against their own citizens- the US and China are likely equal in their capacity to do so. If American police thought they could, or were incentivized and encouraged to- we’d likely see the same levels of brutality. In fact, while China has ethnic minorities and frictions between ethnic groups, their population is a majority of ethnic homogeny. The frictions between ethnic groups and histories there in America, and the fact a much larger percentage of our population is comprised of different groups; suggest that in absence of any fear of consequence- brutality towards “minority” groups in law enforcement specifically, would likely be worse in America.
Hong kong police pepperspray elderly point blank 9 comments
guest_ · 18 hours ago
Hong Kong is a perfect example- protests far larger and more disruptive than what we’ve seen concerning US police and government use of force recently. Yet- most state, local, and intelligent and democratic federal entities have sought compromise and appeasement. The protests in HK did not change the government from doin what it was already doing as opposed to America, where real change and at least a pretext of change have taken place.
Hong kong police pepperspray elderly point blank 9 comments
guest_ · 18 hours ago
Systemically, the Chinese legal system and largely the social leaning is towards order above all, and at all costs. So while the US and China are very alike in many regards, and often the US calls China out for just doing what the US has would or will do- the actual democracy or illusion of democracy in the United States adds a layer of control and accountability to our law enforcement that China doesn’t have- and while our information and media are manipulated and used by private entities to forward their agendas- in China the government is the primary arbitrator of information and so there is much more government control over the narrative the people at large receive. Meaning that even if and when democracy is an option in China, the people will tend to be bias towards the message f the government.
Hong kong police pepperspray elderly point blank 9 comments
guest_ · 18 hours ago
The US has some bad cops and some questionable calls by otherwise good cops- BUT, what I would argue makes out police force head and shoulders above China as the less brutal are the differences in systemic condoning of such acts. The United States carries at least a pretense with some genuine judicial checks and care towards human rights and constitutional rights.
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Saving the world in a Hollywood movie 4 comments
guest_ · 1 day ago
Dude, at the RNC Kimberly Guilfoyle, came out and talked about her experience as a child of immigrant parents- to talk about how she knows the dangers of socialism and how the Biden ticket represents it. .....
She was born in California. She has a Puerto Rican mother. Her father is an immigrant.... from Ireland. In 1957. I’m not sure where a born US citizen of a mother who is an American citizen by right and a father from Ireland got first or even second hand experience with socialism... especially when she was born and raised in California- which some people also don’t think is part of America I guess...but it seems that whoever put the convention panel together, approved the speech, numerous in attendance or watching, and an actual Puerto Rican aren’t aware that Puerto Rico is part of American. So I guess it’s an honest mistake.
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The news we all need in these dark times 3 comments
guest_ · 1 day ago
They did. They won an Ig-Nobel prize, an award that is a parody of the nobel prize given for important but unconventional science. They were researching if size in the species was linked to development of their vocal mechanisms.
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I agree 27 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
I get where you’re coming from, and again- wether it’s laws, or people taking a stand, or enforcement of existing law, some combination or something else- exploiting people is wrong, and “internships” are often unfairly skewed or abusive. But- people don’t act against their self interest in the general sense. If the intern is there and no force or coercion is applied- but of an intern could leave and consents to be there, the intern feels they are serving their self interest. That establishes the intern feels it’s a benefit equal to or greater the cost.
Walmart clock 3 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
But the .99 belongs to savings!
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Love when people use their scars 1 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
Scarmander
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Saving the world in a Hollywood movie 4 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
I think this meme is out of date. I don’t see China anywhere on that map- and Hollywood doesn’t forget who pays their salaries.
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I agree 27 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
And I suppose that is where some of my perturbment on the subject comes from. We ha e things like housing that we could call necessities for all intents and purposes- where a large percentage of Americans are in perilous or barely tenable situations of not effectively or completely without- and I feel for anyone suffering, but I can’t really throw my weight behind a bunch of future white collar suburbanites crying it will take them a couple extra whole years to afford the lifestyle that a huge percentage of their peers will never have.
I agree 27 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
I’ve paid 2x what something costs online- and more than I think it’s worth, but I needed it and I needed it that day. If I didn’t, why would I have bought it? So I can’t say I was ripped off can I? Now there is a case to be made for profiteering or duress- but I assure you the world is full of people who manage to survive fine without ever doing an internship paid or otherwise- so we certainly can’t classify it as a necessity can we?
I agree 27 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
But determining who is getting the greater benefit is a simple matter. All value in transactions is relative. People pay 200% mark ups on software or luxury goods etc and feel like they got a good deal, and you have people who pay $10k to save their own life and think they were cheated. The simple way to tell of both parties feel a deal is equally or more beneficial to them than the cost (assuming we take them as competent adults) is wether they make the deal or not.
I agree 27 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
Ah. I missed that you were saying we don’t have to change the laws. I’m no expert on internship laws, I only mentioned them because if people are doing something illegal, there’s recourse. If people are not doing anything illegal, and people have a problem with it- make it illegal or be the change you want in the world. And as I said- I know that it’s much easier to say “just do this or do that” and life is more complex than that-
Look on the bright side 11 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
2020 may actually end up being considered a “good” year in history depending upon social and other change that might come from it- perhaps long term this sets us on a path of “work from home” and reinforces communities, maybe breaks up monopolies and seeds smaller business, leads to political and social reform- and long term historians may see this as the beginning of how their ancestors transformed from a society pushing the earth to being unlivable for humans, to saving it for the future. Or.... long term this year could be remembered in the way historians remember the fall of Rome or less dramatically the early start of the dust bowl and Great Depression. We must stay tuned and find out.
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Look on the bright side 11 comments
guest_ · 2 days ago
As Smitty points out- 2020 isn’t over yet, and the historic place of 536AD as “worst year” relies upon events which carried over into future years- in some cases future centuries. On their own the events of that year aren’t necessarily particularly bad- but the long term ramifications, including the fact it is believed by many that these events helped hasten the fall of the Roman Empire- are what include it. Somewhat like getting a flat tire doesn’t make it the “worst moment of your life,” but if that flat tire leads to you being fired a week later and a chain of events that sees you destitute and broken- you would attribute those later events to the flat tire. 2020 and the after effects may not be completely known for decades or centuries.
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