Senior discounts are simply price targeting. If businesses thought that they would make more money in the long run by doing away with their senior discounts, they would do it.
I don't know if I'm disappointed or relieved to discover that going offline didn't end all of his bad habits. Good essay, though.
Thank you for this, fascinating! Sad to hear that opera is yet another one of those careers where you have to be rich. I love the opera and back when I had a steady job, would go to our national opera once or twice a year. Opera tickets are usually cheap -- so much more affordable than the West End/Broadway, or a major sporting event -- and I would really recommend the opera to anyone who wants to do something special, fun and different. Glyndebourne is not cheap, but I would recommend that, too.
Three and a half years later, we are still really happy with a sturdy metal Ikea bed (Lillesand - may be discontinued) and mid-range Ikea mattress. I think we spent £120 for a large bed (king?), £16 for the slats, and £85 for a spring mattress. Never had a problem with the slats moving.
Something Logan said has left me trying to do the calculus of how much I would spend to not get wet in ordinary circumstances (so not on the way to a job interview). I think a graph would be ideal. Somethinkg along the lines of £2.50 for the first mile and no more than £4 in total to be dry, assuming heavy rain, but then there are other variables (do I have an umbrella? Is it windy as well as raining heavily?).
As someone who is in the final year of art school and contemplating going freelance, this was like a punch in the gut. I mean, I knew it already, but, man. Good article, though.
What about sharing subscriptions for other content behind a paywall, such as magazines or newspapers? Unlike streaming services, bandwidth isn't really an issue. My husband and I share a subscription to a newspaper behind a paywall, which I am pretty sure is ok because we're one household, and if it was a physical paper we would only buy one. And, I get the impression that, as with the streaming services, account sharing in couples or families is not something that the publication is particularly worried about.
I agree with everyone that this was a form of stealing, and is wrong, but it is not the same thing as taking a $10 bill left on a counter, or stealing money out of the security guard's salary. From an economic point of view, museum admission is non-rivalrous up to the point that each gallery reaches capacity. (I.e., in a relatively empty museum, your consumption does not affect someone else's, unlike a burger which cannot be eaten twice.) If Logan and her friends didn't want to pay because museum entry was not worth $10 of utility to them, and sneaking in was not an option, then the museum would never have had their $30 in the first place, because they just would have done something else with their time.
Looking at these photos makes me wonder how many times I read each issue, because I remember pretty much every single page shown here. The "Charlie gets a zit" episode of Daze of Our Lives was particularly memorable. Would the current economic crisis have happened if everyone had grown up reading Zillions? (I mean, yes, but it was so helpful for thinking about responsible consumerism.)
@WaityKatie I know, but it's more 'aren't I cute' than self-deprecating. I get that it's satire, but she's using a veneer of self-mockery to reinforce her position that she feels no need for personal growth on this issue. Maybe everyone doesn't need to be oozing self-loathing all the time. Fine. I'll return to my corner of puritanical self-flagellation now.