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In the Aftermath of Social Media Bubble

I found some really good stuff in the comments section of this Slashdot article that Eric Boyd sent to me. Here's an example:

I think the bigger question than "what happens when this bubble bursts" is the much more fundamental question of "What do you do when you don't have a use for people anymore?" Because as it is we are ALL playing IQ musical chairs with less seats for a bigger population every. single. day. and the next to go WILL be the entire service industry. what then?

You think MickeyD's bitches about having to pay minimum wage now, which frankly in America one can't live on and actually keep from going under, what do you think they will do when they can replace the ENTIRE workforce with machines? hell there really isn't anything that can't be done in your average fast food joint that assembly line automation couldn't do better, more accurately, and 24/7 without breaks, the only thing keeping them with humans is cost, but what happens when the robot is cheaper? you can't expect to hire everyone part time at $6 an hour when gas is $6 a gallon and a bag of groceries costs them $60, so what then?

I'd say you have a good 60% of the population that are working C and D level jobs that WILL be either shipped overseas where there is no working regs and you can run sweatshops and pollute the entire area, what are we gonna do with them? Execute them? lock them up? make up bullshit jobs (BTW currently government employs MORE than manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined source here [wsj.com]) so now what?

While I agree with the author of the above quote, I think that recent events in the Islamic world have demonstrated the significance of Facebook and Twitter. I can well imagine that this speculative bubble will leave behind some useful infrastructure.

I'm posting this to LiveJournal. Did you find it on LiveJournal? Or did you find it on Facebook or Twitter?


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 19th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
LJ, baby. The only place (of the three) for long-form reading.
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
The only place of the three for direct and instantly in your face long-form reading. The others are a huge aggregator of links to longer pieces. I click a hundred links a day out of Facebook and Twitter, and I hardly ever tweet without posting a link out to something bigger.
Apr. 19th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: well..
To my way of thinking, LiveJournal is utterly superior to Facebook in every respect except for the ability to quickly link to an item on the web and create an entry that includes text and an image just by posting a url into a field. Facebook is good for that. No messing about with html or rich text editors. Other than that, the only reason I spare even a moment's attention for Facebook or Twitter is that so many other people are using them.
Apr. 19th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: well..
What you say works well for sharing one link. I prefer deeper pieces linking many links, perhaps quoting printed text or other media that cannot be linked. For that -- really, for any original material longer than a few sentences -- LJ is the place to go.

But yes, for the quick links, FB works. It's like browsing a link buffet, but every entre is served on toothpicks. LJ is a meal.
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