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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

I Stand With Care Bears And Against Brutal Economic Darwinism

My Care Bears calendar for the month of March wishes all people “Good Luck!.” I believe that this means good luck to everyone in Houston, in Texas, in America and in the entire world.

Good luck is an excellent message because luck is the single most important factor in determining our fates.

The spirit of “good luck” runs contrary to the Texas ethos held by some of so-called rugged individualism and runs against the brutal economic Darwinism practiced by many in Texas and in America.

However, the Care Bears understand the large role chance plays in human existence.  On the March calendar, Good Luck Bear is sliding down a rainbow. He has a four-leaf clover on his tummy. As he slides on down the rainbow he calls out “Good Luck!”

It is good luck to be born to in a prosperous country and it is good luck to be born to decent parents. It is good luck that something terrible and beyond your control has not happened and that you are alive to read this post.

Some say that “we make our own luck” or that we should lift ourselves up by our proverbial bootstraps. These statements have some truth to them. It’s just that they don’t have enough truth to get one through life.

I stand with the Care Bears in wishing all people “Good Luck!”  

March 6, 2007 Posted by | Best Posts Jan.-June 2007, Uncategorized | , , | 7 Comments