In May, Forbes reported on a new app developed by some activist programmers. Buycott lets you choose to avoid products that support the Koch Brothers, items that contain GMO foods, or other issues by scanning barcodes in your shopping cart. After only a short time, the app was already at #10 in the App Store and the programmer was rushing to fix bugs because the app was so popular.
With the talented pool of programmers here in NC and progressive organizations fighting for a better North Carolina, I'd like to see this idea taken to the local level.
Buycott looks at products. On the local level, the focus needs to be on businesses.
Let's say you downloaded a Shop Moral NC app to your smartphone. If you're going to buy a new car or house or even go out for dinner, it could show you if a local business owner has supported Tea Bagger Republican causes and let you make up your own mind if you want to give your money to them.
The app might not have a really big economic impact, but could have a significant psychological impact, particularly if it was promoted both to NC residents and to visitors coming to the state.
Upset by all the craziness in NC and want to boycott the state? Well, this app would still let you visit NC while avoiding giving your money to businesses and individuals funding or supporting the craziness.
I'd also include things like media outlets - radio stations or newspapers - that have had a track record of promoting TeaBagger and Civitas spokespersons. If you're a small business, would you want your ad dollars fueling conservative propaganda?
Any programmers out there up for the challenge?