Why I Can’t Quit Amazon
When I moved to Berlin a few months ago, I didn’t anticipate everything that would get in the way of carrying out my daily life. The moment I left California, I lost the ease with which I moved through the world by way of knowing a place so well. Instead, I found language barriers, cultural differences, unfamiliar brands, and the general challenges of learning a new city, all of which make it hard to do simple things like buy groceries and household items or even little luxuries like a new book.
So I did what everyone confronted with inconvenience does these days: I turned to Amazon.
There are a million reasons to be mad at myself for these (and other) wrought acts of convenience. Amazon supports reprehensible worker conditions, evades taxes, contributes to widespread environmental degradation, and has a penchant for world domination. Meanwhile, it’s not exactly breaking news that the programs defining our modern era — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Google, Twitter, etc. — have turned into companies trading the most intimate details of our personal lives for major profit. And don’t get me started on Uber, DoorDash, and all the others.