1. How can I become a commenter?
Read the comments FAQ.
2. What’s a “blog,” exactly?
A blog is a frequently updated website with posts listed in reverse chronological order. To publish material, all we have to do is type it in, press a button and shazam! It’s on the Internet. This lack of filtering provides a freshness and immediacy. Every blog story or “post” has its own unique URL, making it easy for people, especially other bloggers, to link to a specific story.
3. Why are you doing a blog about consumerism? Aren’t blogs about Hillary Clinton being a lesbian and Tara Reid drunkenly shoving firecrackers up her nose?
Because it’s not being done anywhere else, at least certainly not with a good sense of humor. Because in this age of a renewed crisis of the commons where companies use intimidation tactics to silence criticism, it’s important for an independent voice to provide that critique. Because we can get stories out fast. Other entities can worry about getting the news out perfect, we can get it out first. When it comes to the money you’ve earned, slaving away in your workaday, work-a-dollar, you might not want to wait around for someone to decide if you’re ready for the news.
4. What kind of biases should we expect from you?
We’re biased towards the consumer. We favor bad company stories over happy customer tales. We’re not anti-capitalist; we’re anti-stupid-capitalist. Our premise is that good customer service isn’t a goal in and of itself, it actually makes and saves more money in the long run. Ben is biased against Cingular, having never liked them since he first saw their unironic Superbowl ad with the painting quadriplegic (Cingular was said to help him be more expressive).
5. Who are you, anyway?
Ben Popken is your editor. Meghann Marco is your associate editor. In previous incarnations, Ben wrote radio plays, promoted rollerdisco parties and delivered bulk email. The Consumerist is his hair shirt. He also wrote an advertising blog, “The Spunker.” Meghann Marco is the author of Field Guide to the Apocalypse, and has written for The Arizona Daily Star and OK!. She drinks a lot of tea.
6. Do you take reader suggestions?
Yes. We live and die by our reader tips. Send them to email@example.com. Complain about a shoddy product or subpar customer service. Fink on your employers, past or present. All the anonymity or prominence you desire is yours for the asking.
7. Who is responsible for this?
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