July’s 2021 Poll Question:
Were you excited when Jeff Bezos went into space?
In a world where more and more people are questioning the benefits of the hyper-capitalist financial system we are attached to, the news that the richest man in the world was going to fly into space was met with predictable derision. Should we be celebrating that a self-made man has fulfilled a childhood dream or should we be concerned that Amazons’ success during the ongoing pandemic is paying for all the rocket fuel he needs ( and probably a lot more ).
This is a question that deserves debate and discussion. America has always been the land of opportunity. How much opportunity is too much opportunity? Is Jeff to be applauded for his success while some of his employees aren’t even allowed to start their own unions?
10% Voted: 721 Votes: “YES”
90% Voted: 6,416 Votes: “NO”
Only 1 in 10 people were excited by the prospect of Jeff Bezos boarding a rocket ship and blasting off into space. Does this result display a lack of interest in space travel or a growing boredom of beaming multi-millionaires thrusting themselves into the limelight at every available opportunity? At SurveyBeta we believe it to be the latter of those suggestions.
The discussion about the actual benefits space travel provides to the world is one that has been alive for many years prior to Jeff’s recent jolly to the stars. A deep moral discussion could be had comparing the costs of sending a rocket up to Mars versus buying and fitting up hospitals. Now add into the mix the fact that Amazon portrays itself as being a company that tries to do charitable and environmental good for the world and you can see why this whole stunt leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
The apparent battle for space supremacy between Jeff and Virgin founder Richard Branson goes further to make the whole spectacle feel like an ego boosting contest between the fattest wallets on ( and off! ) the planet.