Originally Posted by Don Hills
Oh, I don't know... I make a pretty good living from it.
In any case, it's not a valid argument. There's a downside to all progress. For example, the Industrial Revolution devalued everything it touched, including (and especially) human labour.
I too have made made an excellent
living from the Internet, starting an e-business in 96' as part of a national joint venture that delivers legal documents electronically in real-time
, that for your information made dozens
of brick & mortar businesses obsolete
nationally in the USA....they just couldn't catch our momentum!
So don't tell me it's "not a valid argument", you have to be either joking, vapid or intellectually disingenuous.
I could easily name TONS of businesses where either online sales or integration of information/services has resulted in LARGE scale labor reductions, jobs that will NEVER come back, not to mention how the advent of PCs in general have eliminated the requirement for office help in general and the newer trend of centralizing customer service centers in third-world countries...
Don't believe me, here's an article that will get you up-to-speed: The Internet devalues everything it touches . . . | ZDNet
Of course, some of the lucky
have been able to ride the "Rise of the Internet" wave to success, most notably the IPO fraudsters via the dot.com bubble, but for future generations this trend will be VERY different...unless you're one of the few brilliant, educated folks that continue to find a niche, which most likely will be unfortunately as a drone in some corporate structure in some third-world shithole...
What I see at present time, is that there are swaths
of the population that lack the wherewithall mentally and/or educationally to be of value
in the workforce, especially given the wage arbitrage reality that the BRIC countries have inserted into the equation...
And I haven't even mentioned blatant IP properties theft
that has & is
devastating whole industries!