Starling Hunter, a professor based in the Middle East, has compiled a list of the countries boycotting Danish goods on his blog—but notes that there are netizens coming to Denmark’s rescue:
A counter-boycoot [sic] has begun in the blogosphere designed to encourage the sales of Danish goods, presumably to help Danish companies make up for lost revenues from sales in Muslim countries. A search on the term “‘Buy Danish’ + boycott” in Google returns almost 54,00 hits. Among the top results is End the Boycott which carries a list of Danish products, a list of other campaigns and other facts about Denmark.
So while the bans are taking place, it’s over to bloggers, netizens and some members of the mainstream media running a ‘Buy Danish’ campaign. It doesn’t appear to have any ofﬁcial connection to Denmark, HRH Crown Princess Mary, or any Tasmanians.
It might not save Danish companies from losing revenues overall, but like all things in the online world, it represents voices. Consumers voting not with dollars, but with wishes and words.
I might not like what Jyllands-Posten did, but I don’t think a blanket banning of Danish goods gets at the right people. It only causes resentment. Evidently, there are enough people who feel the same way.
I would only support a ban on goods if the company itself had wronged and remained unapologetic—which also ties in to giving consumers a proper voice. And a lot of Danish companies have done right by our world—and a Lego-less world would suck. Posted by Jack Yan, 12:22
Blogger "The Dissident Frogman" actively maintains a posting with some very high quality "Support Denmark" graphics in multiple languages (the list of which is growing) such as English, French, Italian, Polish, German, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Romanian:
I recommend downloading and using these banners on our blogs.
Thank you, Russell. Just for convenience for others, here is the link. (Sorry that this blog doesn’t automatically turn typed URLs into clickable links.)Post a Comment
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