A military strike on Syria is not the best response

by Benoit Duguay
Monday 9 September 2013

If indeed chemical weapons have been used, allegedly on orders from President al-Assad himself, World nations cannot sit idly and be, as US Secretary of State Kerry has said «silent spectators to the slaughter». To do so would condone such actions and invite further violations of widely agreed upon conventions on the ban of such […]

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Use of Social Networks in the Hospitality Industry

by Benoit Duguay
Friday 26 April 2013

In 2011, with a team of students from the Bachelor program in Tourism and Hospitality Management at the ESG UQAM School of Management, I led a study on the use of social networks in the hospitality industry. I thank those students for their collaboration: Julie Angibaud, Gabriel Comtois, Catherine Choquette, Virginie Côté, Marie, Carmel Dambreville, […]

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Politics as consumer goods

by Benoit Duguay
Monday 2 May 2011

This is the English version of a blog post published yesterday in French. I apologize for the short delay. This morning, electoral circumstances dictate that I deal with all of this is political, that is to say, public affairs, government practices, ways of governing, not forgetting the electoral process itself, in a consumption perspective. You […]

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Human slavery to technology

by Benoit Duguay
Saturday 4 September 2010

In the conclusion of Consumption and New Technologies – In the Hyper World, I wrote: «Technological tools can nonetheless be very useful to humanity, provided that we properly direct their development and use. Humans are too often made to serve machines, or at least forced to adjust their life or behaviour to them, whereas machines […]

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Do you know your rights regarding price accuracy?

by Benoit Duguay
Sunday 27 June 2010

The following applies in the province of Quebec (Canada). In principle, the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) requires merchants to label the price on each article, but allows for exceptions. For example, because of the increasingly popular use of optical scanners, retailers are no longer required to label each article; several avail themselves of this exemption, […]

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Successes and pitfalls of technology

by Benoit Duguay
Tuesday 8 June 2010

Technology has invaded workplaces, homes, vehicles, portable devices of all kinds, etc. Many will say it has freed man. This is true, from one point of view; appliances greatly facilitate household chores. It has also allowed man to express his creativity far more easily; inexpensive software now allows people with limited aptitude for drawing to […]

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Quebec’s Budget and consumption: Minister Bachand’s miscalculation

by Benoit Duguay
Saturday 3 April 2010

Further to my radio column of Thursday, April 1 on the same subject, here are a few thoughts. Minister Bachand deludes himself thinking that an increase of QST and the gas tax will bring more money into the coffers of the state; it’s a mistake governments often make. In reality, many consumers already have a […]

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Towards responsible capitalism

by Benoit Duguay
Monday 15 March 2010

Confronted to the speculation we observe in financial markets, I began a series of columns on the ravages of financial capitalism. In the first, I demonstrated the harms of speculation, especially the relationship between it and the economic and financial crisis raging on the planet since summer 2007. In the second, I talked about the […]

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Link between stock market speculation and corporate bankruptcies

by Benoit Duguay
Monday 15 February 2010

Confronted to the speculation we observe in financial markets, I began a series of columns on the ravages of financial capitalism. In the first, I demonstrated the harms of speculation, especially the relationship between it and the economic and financial crisis raging on the planet since summer 2007. In the second, I talked about the […]

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The ravages of financial capitalism

by Benoit Duguay
Saturday 30 January 2010

Consumption, technology and finance are intimately related; exceeded by the abuses that I witness daily in the world of finance, I begin today a series of columns on the ravages of financial capitalism. Technological development, the driving force of consumption, is linked to available funding, especially since the 19th century’s industrial revolution; however, it was […]

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Books

Consommation et nouvelles technologies

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Consommation et luxe

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Consommation et image de soi

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