A comment on my previous post bears a detailed response. Paris points out that we should be wary of what Amazon does to us in the future. I see this sentiment everywhere, even among Amazon supporters, but especially from their detractors and their competition. The warnings swirled all around BEA.
Paris: I don’t care about the Big 5, whatever position they’re in they’ve brought it on themselves, but we shouldn’t be ignorant about what could be coming or we’ll find ourselves just as blindsided.
I don’t think I’m ignorant about what could be coming. I have just decided to worry about today instead of operate in fear for some tomorrow. I own my rights. I’ll pull my books down when it makes sense to do so. Until then, why let some hypothetical guide my decisions?
Furthermore, why would I punish Amazon’s generosity and service with doubt, distrust, and paranoia? That’s not how I live my life. You are good to me, I love you back. I love you fully. You destroy that trust in a way I cannot forgive, and I don’t even hate you. I am just disappointed, and I go somewhere else.
I’m not saying others should live their lives like this, but it’s how I operate. Is Amazon more likely to screw us in the future if we run around, flapping our arms, saying they are a lurking and greedy evil, and hating them for what they have not yet done? Or are they more likely to screw us in the future if we partner with them, appreciate them, and sing our thanks?
I’d rather live in a world where I do the latter and am eventually disappointed than the former world where I meet generosity with wariness and have my fears confirmed. Call me naive. I call myself happy.