The key here is that more often than not, controversy sells. Precedent seems to have been set. Expect more of these public 'us vs. them' stances being made by corporate CEOs and an equally decisive reaction from activists.
When I ran into Gallineaux -- quite by chance -- in Key West, I tried to clarify some of the issues that were troubling me. Although you've got to be wary of taking a corporate spokesperson's words at face value, Gallineaux's sincerity and dedication to his community are hard to deny.
In the name of "national security,' our government spends billions every week on military weapons and action in other nations. But we must face the painful reality that violence in our schools and communities is also a very legitimate concern with respect to national security.
Chick-fil-A makes a chicken sandwich so good that footballer Cassanova McKinzy chose a college based on the proximity of said sandwich. So good that some people drive miles to imbibe. So good that God said only straight people can eat them. Wait... what?
This is an election devoid of legal legitimacy from conception to execution. Nevertheless, the Egyptian electorate has been forced to sleepwalk through the voting process as if walking the plank toward outcomes already vetted by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
Recently, the news dominating the Catskills Mountains of upstate New York has centered on ongoing health violations at the local Monticello Wal-Mart -- and some are advocating a boycott of the store until they clean up their mess.
My new book about killer whales in captivity -- Death at SeaWorld -- does not hit stores for another five months, and already there are two online petitions (here is one) to boycott the title and urge booksellers and the media to ignore and reject the book.
While many supporters of the Occupy demonstrators are agitated over public officials' growing demands that the Occupy settlers move off the occupied grounds, how might the Occupy movement move forward?