Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A different perspective.

Is, as they say, worth 10 points of IQ.

This is by way of "New Yorker" writer George Packer in his important book, "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America." My guess is that "The Unwinding" will win this year's Pulitzer Prize or the National Book Award. It is eminently worth reading and I heartily recommend it.

"The information age arrived on schedule, but without the utopia. Cars, trains and planes were not much better than they had been in 1973. The rising price of oil and food showed a complete failure to develop energy and agricultural technology. Computers didn't create enough jobs to sustain the middle class, didn't produce revolutionary improvements in manufacturing and productivity, didn't raise living standards across classes....Apple was mostly a design innovator. Twitter would give job security to five hundred people for the next decade...You have dizzying change where there's no progress."

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