Thursday, December 21, 2017

Baby boomers and hyperindividualism; paywalls and the lack of neutrality

Sean Illing has a damning interview article on Vox, “How the baby boomer – not millennials – screwed America”, link.

Illing interviews Bruce Gibney, author of “A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Betrayed America”. The boomers. If born after 1946 (I was born in 1943) never new personal sacrifice, so they took the world for granted.

But then should this become a condemnation of individualism?

The boomers were willing to let their own kids and grandkids get squeezed into increasing debt.
An essay by Jason Furman on Project Syndicate expresses a similar concern less directly.

With this site I ran into a rather aggressive paywall.  It sounds like the site wants to hook you into therm, and not visit other opinions sites.  If you think about it, that’s how the website world could work some day in a no-neutrality environment.  Only relatively few aggregate speakers compared today can be heard, so they have to charge and get you to join them.  It’s a kind of forced tribalism. 

Update: Dec 25

Here's another site, shared by Rick Sincere, with good articles, that now has a free-content max per month (paywall).  It's as if some of these companies want a world where only sites with paywalls are up so that everybody has to compete to become "your news provider".  That is how some people see things. 

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