Some things won’t change

Back in the 2000’s I had utopian views on technology. I thought there was an answer for everything where technology could liberally be applied. Just use technology to fix healthcare, finance, schooling, entertainment, etc..

Now I’ve learned to temper my expectations with something more realistic. The stock market will always either have private marketplaces or public companies/IPOs, and nothing in-between (no hybrids or public benefit companies on a large scale). Technology only changes based on experienced people in the field and precedent. Very few new marketable ideas in tech are brought forward into the current marketplace of practice. It will always be hard to either earn or invest money, and even easier to lose it.

I don’t consider myself to have been wrong back in the 2000’s, just slightly misinformed. That doesn’t mean we can’t work together to make the system more equitable and more balanced. It is not very balanced at the moment, despite what financial pundits in the WSJ may say about bond rates and stock buybacks. Those pundits usually think there is a perpetual balance between acts of brazen greed and just breaking even; that the courts and laws will work just in time against the former and companies continuing to make profits will help boost the latter who are just getting by. Sometimes profits work and sometimes the answer is about more than just throwing money at something. The living conditions are actually much worse than this under the surface — where everything is touched by corporate America. Yet what’s really happening doesn’t get reported on very much by the mainstream media, because — just like the performance of national politics — the national media syndicates truly suck. They can barely keep us informed on the issues most of the time, and are driven by both cable news-themed sensationalism and despair peddling online.

And so it goes.