So we've made it through yet another April Fools!
I must admit, growing up I was always a trickster, so nowadays I usually am overly suspicious of anyone and everything come every April 1st. It was no different logging online yesterday to see some of the jokes circulating on the web. When checking my email, I received a few emails about fake online websites, as i'm sure anyone who was on Google yesterday saw their share of jokes. One that really made me think was from Ethical Ocean(EO). I received an email from them promoting a new e-commerce website called Unethical Ocean geared towards shoppers who like to "own what's cruel". One fake "Unethical" seller claims “we’ve built a very profitable business on selling really cheap toys. Sweat shops, lead poisoning, pandas in hand-cuffs – these are all part of a hard days work. We’ve realized there is a big market out there of people who ‘don’t give a crap’ and we’re serving that market”. I had a good laugh as this fake website was a great political satire of e-commerce and brings to light the negative environmental and social affects of capitalism.
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