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If Reading Blogs Cost Money, We’d Not Be Pissing Our Lives Away Looking At So Many of Them


An article I read yesterday got me thinking about the things we are willing to pay for and the value we place on things that are free.

The Economist World in 2008 special edition has an article about the very low cost of storing information electronically.

This is one reason there are so many blogs and so many sources of information on the internet. It cost next-to-nothing, in financial terms at least, to set up a blog or a webpage.

As well-established by this blog, anybody can do it regardless of having anything of merit to communicate.

The flipside of this is that it is difficult to get anybody to pay for what they read online. If I started charging 25 cents a day for the right to read this blog, I’m not sure I’d get many takers.

Why pay when you have a million other blogs you can read for free?

This made me wonder if people would be better off in some respects if online content did sometimes cost money. Having to pay might force people away from the computer.

Also, if we paid for what we read, we might better recall what we had spent our valuable time reading. Of all the many blog posts you have read, how many can you remember?  

Above is a picture of Turkey Swamp Park outside of Freehold, New Jersey. Maybe we should turn off the computer and go to a nice park.   

Or, if the computer were turned off, maybe we would spend more time with each other. Sitting at the computer is such a solitary activity.

We could read to each other as the happy couple below is enjoying.    

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Blogging | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Picture Of Fishing Boat In Haiti

Here is a picture of a fishing boat in Haiti. It was taken by a Remi Kaupp.

There are so many different ways to live and so many things to see and know about in the world.  

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Sea Life, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

After Years Of Voting For Democrats, Institutionalized Regressive Taxes Remain For Providence, Rhode Island Schools

In a recent column in the excellent liberal magazine The American Prospect discussing the debate over slavery reparations, I read some disturbing information about the public school system in Providence, Rhode Island.

I lived in Providence as a kid from 1968 until 1980. I attended the public schools in Providence in those years.

From the column by Dana Goldstein

Three-quarters of children in the Providence schools live in poverty. Rhode Island ranks among the top three states dependent on municipal property taxes to fund education, a regressive system that disadvantages city schools…Providence–like many other cities across the nation—is geographically contiguous with affluent suburbs…”  

I’ll just make the point I’ve made a number of times in this blog. While Rhode Island has had a run of Republican governors in recent years, most voters in this state and in Providence vote for Democrats year after year. Rhode Island is one of the most Democratic states in the nation.

How long are black folks and city residents of all races going to vote for Democrats and see no improvement in the institutionalized conditions that help keep people poor and disempowered?  

(Here is a recent Texas Liberal post called The Institutionalized Way We Kill Black People about sub-standard operating conditions in many urban hospitals.)       

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Politics, Taxes---Yes! | , , , , , , | Leave a comment