Originally Posted by Fuuma
WTF? Your explanation has a lot of assumptions too, anyway in the end I am not looking for a debate on capitalism with people that jerk off to it in their bathroom, all I want is your opinion and I guess it is that "people want these strudels so starbucks produces these strudels". Ok thanks, I guess it is my fault, I failed to acertain that my audience had no background in social sciences and not interest in saying anything critical about why something is a way it is.
My assumption is that, without evidence of coercion, consumers do what they want. So, yes, to me the explanation is as simple as you put it: "people want these strudels so starbucks produces these strudels." The analysis is not complicated. Either you believe people want the crappy Starbucks strudels they buy, or you don't. If they do want them, the analysis is over; Starbucks is giving them what they want. Simple. If they don't
want the f*cked up strudels, and are buying them anyway, some other factor must be influencing the situation. That is a more complicated explanation and involves more moving parts, which you can't even identify or prove. So, yes, I am making assumptions--but I am also making the fewest possible.
Have you considered that maybe you are attempting to problematize what isn't a problem to begin with? That would be pretty classic of leftist academic institutionalization.