Tim Wu, Open Markets advisory board member, published an article in the New York Times explaining how an emphasis on consumer convenience can foster monopoly and homogeneity. As he writes:
Americans say they prize competition, a proliferation of choices, the little guy. Yet our taste for convenience begets more convenience, through a combination of the economics of scale and the power of habit. The easier it is to use Amazon, the more powerful Amazon becomes — and thus the easier it becomes to use Amazon. Convenience and monopoly seem to be natural bedfellows.