Still Fighting For Our Rights

This picture about sums where we are in having to protest the same things we’ve been fighting for since the beginning of time:

I can not believe I still have to protest this crap!!


Just went you thought humanity (at least Western civilization) had mostly evolved past all the discrimination, biases, bigotry, prejudice, and racisms.


We arrive in time only to find out that HATE is still brewing in our societies and people’s evil hearts. 


What a shame–that we misinterpret what divides us as taking precedence over what unites us!


What a pity–that we misjudge people by the color of their skin, their race, their religion, etc. instead of by the worthiness of their deeds. 


What a disgrace–that we mistreat our fellow man simply because they are different from us and in the most superficial of ways. 


With all our scientific advances and technological progress, we are still in stone ages of the evolution of our humanity.  😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Nail That Stands Out

So everyone knows what happens to the nail that stands out…


It gets hammered down!


Deviation from the norm or the groupthink is met with a resounding klop on the head. 


You conform or you face the guillotine. 


Way too dystopian. 


Freedom, individuality, diversity, self-expression—these are the engines of innovation and growth. 


If every nail gets hammered down, you have a society that implodes with inbreeders and Stone Age stale ideas. 


Tradition is one thing, a closed mind is something that is an extinction level event. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Back To The Computer Stone Age

Back To The Computer Stone Age

According to Charles Kenny in Bloomberg BusinessWeek (20 June 2013), the Internet is quite a big disappointment–because it “failed to generate much in the way of economic growth.”

While on one hand, the author seems to see the impact that the Internet has had–“it sparks uprisings, makes shopping easier, help people find their soul mates, and enables government to collect troves of useful data on potential terrorists;” on the other hand, he pooh-poohs all this and says it hasn’t generated prosperity.

And in a sense, don’t the facts seem to support Kenny: GDP is still in the 2-3% range, labor productivity growth is even lower, and unemployment is still elevated at over 7%?

The problem is that the author is making false correlations between our economic conditions and the rise of the Internet, which already Jack Welch pronounced in 2000 as “the single most important event in the U.S. economy since the industrial revolution.”

Kenny seems to think that not only aren’t there that many economic benefits to the Internet, but whatever there is we basically squander by becoming Facebook and Youtube junkies.

It’s a shame that Bloomberg BusinessWeek decided to publish such a ridiculous article as its “Opening Remarks,” blaming the failure of the Internet for economic challenges that have been brewing for decades–with high-levels of debt, low levels of savings, hefty entitlement programs based on empty national trust funds, the global outsourcing of our manufacturing base, elevated political polarization in Washington, and various economic jolts based on runaway technology, real estate, and commodity bubbles.

It’s concerning that the author, someone with a masters in International Economics, wouldn’t address, let alone mention, any of these other critical factors affecting our national economy–just the Internet!

Kenny adds insult to injury in his diatribe, when he says that the Internet’s “biggest impact” is the delivery of “a form of entertainment more addictive than watching reruns of Friends.”

Maybe that’s the biggest impact for him, but I think most of us could no longer live seriously without the Internet–whether in how we keep in touch, share, collaborate, inform, innovate, compute, buy and sell, and even entertain (yes, were entitled to some downtime as well).

Maybe some would like to forget all the benefits of technology and send us back to the Stone Age before computing, but I have a feeling that not only would our economy be a lot worse than it is now, but so would we. 🙂

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)