Some random thoughts to end the week:
1) Why is it that in 2009 one still has to pay to get an internet connection at home, at the hotel, at the airport, everywhere ? Why is wireless connectivity, paid for by taxpayers, not available in all major cities, regions, countries, much like public transportation or any other kind of infrastructure ? Are communication companies that powerful ? Why is it still unavailable on trains and airplanes ?
2) If we spend so much time online and on our cell phone (those who have one anyway), does it mean that during the best part of our waking time we would rather be interacting with someone far away ? Does the fact that we can create our community of highly selected “virtual friends” make those who live in our proximity progressively less relevant ? Is this a “good” thing ? Are we evolving toward a lifestyle in which our sole connection with reality is going to be represented by the various bodily functions ?
3) What are we doing still with telephone landlines at home, when we are ditching technology that was introduced much later (e.g., CDs) ? Why are certain things so hard to die when others are disposed of even before they have outlived their usefulness (whatever happened to Murphy beds anyway — I thought they were a great idea…) ? And don’t even get me started on MS Windows… just kidding… I thought the market “got it right” all the time… does it not ?
4) Why is it that I have to pay (in Europe anyway — still free in Canada) to watch football, when I could watch it for free thirty years ago ? I thought that with progress things would become cheaper and more easily available (again, the wonders of the market, the invisible hand blah blah blah)…
Time to go home. Have a good weekend everyone.