Posted by alexandra_k on November 6, 2016, at 1:09:06
In reply to Re: still here, posted by alexandra_k on November 6, 2016, at 0:53:22
I think it is because we were right there on the boundary of 'developed' and 'developing' (insofar as it is possible to talk of such things without being racist). And I think that we have been sliding towards the developing and the developed is receeding...
I think that people are focused on the wrong things... People think that we are developing because now everyone had the internet.
But here's the thing: Here's a problem: What are people up to? Wouldn't it be terrific if we could electronically track every single member of the population. How on earth will we get them to submit to being tagged and who will pay for it all? Here's the solution: Get them to pay for mobile devices. Get them to pay for online access.
Here's the thing: You don't have to pay for online access. If you don't set it up to automatically take funds then once your access expires... After a couple days of 'reminders'... Eventually... Access will be miraculously restored. Free wifi connection or whatever. Because whose interests is mobile connectivity serving, again.
If you want to see a photo of what 'developed' looks like... They show you pics of how these nations are doing well because... Because the kids have Nike shoes and i-pads.
Only... It's the poor kids who have Nike shoes and i-pads.
That's the thing... It's the poor kids who are constantly streaming their surroundings to facebook and voluntarily providing tag information to help google better identify faces...
It's the poor kids. But they think it's a symbol of wealth.
I feel upset... That we can't do a bunch of things here, ourselves. And I wonder sometimes how much there is intent behind undermining them... I wonder sometimes if this really is the toilet of the developed world... If getting out of this country really is the thing because nothing here is allowed to work... If something is discovered to work then it will be undermined... Or if there are unfortunate by-products... Such that people could genuinely make a difference...
I guess you ask yourself about where people send their kids... And I guess the answer is... Cambridge curriculum. And... Wherever they can get a scholarship to go to.
And there it is.
Really not having a good day, today.
Maybe things will feel brighter tomorrow?