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I would like to see a serious discussion of service economy. Service economy seems to me a mere ideology in a society who has no sense of purpose. And I don't see apologist of service enonomy caring much about environment as the article does.
The fact: Less and less people are working in production of physical products. Is this a reason for arbitrarily ranging everything else in services.
Marketting is taking a huge place. It was a win-win when it created a mass-market lowering cost for useful products. It is now a loose-loose proposition where huge amout of money are used to pit a carbohydrated drink against one another.
What are the services? Who benefit from these services? Many of these services don't benefit "normal" people but managers of the services enconomy (flight, restaurant, hotels, conferences) Is this high overhead system desirable when we realize that we live in a world of finite physical ressources?—Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 20:38, 1 September 2005 (UTC)
comment on IBM
3rd paragraph, 1st line: "[...]Although it still manufactures computers[...]". IBM don't manufacture computers anymore (Lenovo bought that part), but still develop software, financial services, etc. I didn't dare change the paragraph, if someone feels more comfortable with it, if they think it is appropriate, go ahead.—Preceding unsigned comment added by Sevvem (talk • contribs) 15:15, 24 July 2006 (UTC)
comment on environmentalism
I second this point, really environmental costs have (if anything) greatly increased by the shift from industrial to service based economies, since
A) manufacturing is now done in countries with few or no environmental restrictions
B) manufactured goods tend to be of lesser quality, and/or without parts availability and therefore must be replaced instead of repaired
C) manufactured goods are now shipped across the world (usually twice, see below), instead of distributed locally
Continuing this theme of 'environmental offshoring', many recyclers now ship their electronic waste back for recycling (typically burning and recycling of component metals) since it's far cheaper than recycling it in a country with strict environmental laws.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 20:39, 21 June 2007 (UTC)
Environmental effects of the service economy
Who is he and why is he quoted? If he is a native English speaker why does he say so incoherently "When GDP [singular] are [plural] low"? What is the point in such an anodyne statement? Should it not be deleted from the article? Deipnosophista (talk) 09:52, 6 March 2011 (UTC)