Koch Blocker: New Buycott app wants you to boycott... itself?

A new smartphone app encourages people not to buy smartphones. Think about it...

by Media Hawk on 17 May 2013 13:02

A new 'Buycott' app launched across numerous smartphone platforms has been lauded across the Left-wing, revolutionary, unwashed blogosphere.

"We're going to change the world with our smartphones!" I imagine a new generation of hipster anti-Capitalists proclaiming, while taking pictures of their lunches on their latest iPhone 5.

But the Buycott app, launched just days ago, has already fallen to hypocrisy. Many are encouraged to boycott Koch Industries, Nestle, Montesanto and more - but one of the campaigns is entitled, "Avoid Sweatshop Labour".

Now, I'm no genius, but doesn't it strike you as slightly hypocritical that one might download a "Buycott" app opposing sweatshop labour, on their Chinese sweatshop produced smartphone? Yes, that is a tad whiffy indeed. In fact, I'm so angry that I just deleted the app, in an attempt to boycott sweatshop labour. I'll probably toss my smartphone out in a few moments... I swear.

Interestingly, pro-Lifers have also seized on the app, launching two anti-Abortion campaigns calling for an end to abortion and listing all the companies that donate to America's Planned Parenthood organisation.

Another group declares, "Support the Second Amendment!" Probably not quite what most app users had in mind when downloading it.

Of course, most of the media reporting around the Buycott app, including from so-called 'right-wing' media sites, has revolved around the Koch Brothers.

The app, also available on the tax-dodging Google's app store (again, hypocrisy, smell it?), allows people to use their smartphones to scan products at the supermarket so they can tell who had a role in bringing that product to their shelves.

But founder Ivan Pardo insists, "I don’t want to push any single point of view with the app. For me, it was critical to allow users to create campaigns because I don’t think its Buycott’s role to tell people what to buy. We simply want to provide a platform that empowers consumers to make well-informed purchasing decisions.”

Sure... because conservatives and free-marketeers on the whole are ALWAYS boycotting stuff, right?

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