Green MBAs, alternative energy, organic food, healthy eating, regular exercise … all trendy and fashionable; is that bad?
We drove in a quiet Prius through a beautiful northern California landscape for several hours, talking. I complained about McCain advertising talking about Obama instead of McCain.
Ralph Ishmael (per the comment below) said the accusation was legitimate: Obama is trendy and fashionable and popular, which is bad, he said, because it becomes a bandwagon. And bandwagons get in the way of discussion, analysis, and debate.
I asked: "so is trendy bad, per se? Do we never have the phenomenon of good healthy trends, like, say — I thought these examples would be obvious — a trend towards green business and healthy eating?"
Yes, he answered, those are all bad; to the extent that they are trendy, and trendy drowns debate.
But do we want debate about environmental or social or health consciousness? Aren’t those trends just plain good for all, good for the earth, good for business, good for humans? I didn’t want to just accept the idea that trendy drowns debate, but still, for the sake of argument, I thought these truths would be self evident.
But Ralph says global warming isn’t yet accepted as scientific, and needed debate and discussions are stifled now. Scientists with counter evidence are shouted down.
I was surprised. I thought educated people have accepted that environmental worries, particularly the phenomena related to what we call (for lack of a better name) global warming. Haven’t they? The fact that green and organic and healthy are marketable now, people who can afford to worry are worried, that seems all good to me.
I think "trendy" and "fashionable" are characteristics that are neither good nor bad, but neutral. Trends can be pushing bad things too, like (in my opinion) the trend towards cosmetic surgery today, or the trend towards big SUVs a few years ago. But when trends reinforce behavior that is good for people, earth, humanity, etc., then that’s good. No?