Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Age of Blah

There is something else which I was thinking about as I thought about the Microsoft Chinese worker abuse... The fact that nobody seems to give a crap one way or another. A hundred years ago, the world was on fire with these ideas - human rights, exploitation of the working class.. Countries toppled, millions died. The Cold War, which shaped all of our lives was the result of these monumental world view disagreements. Now it's purely a consumer world - everyone is buying iPads, drinking Starbucks and tweeting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because we're affluent. Satisfied. Well off. No one is hungry. Beyond those basics, no one cares. People are only ideological when they're forced to care.

April 28, 2010 2:33 PM  
Blogger Tobie said...

I dunno, I feel like there are certain things that mankind can only be really into for a bit. And then it sort of runs its course and the chips fall out however they fall and we forget about it and start caring about some other arbitrary thing. Maybe things can resurface after a couple centuries, but I think that workers' rights is no longer the in thing. Now it's environmentalism or anti-environmentalism or whatever the fad of the day is. And someday it will pass and we'll be blah about that.

April 29, 2010 12:54 PM  

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