Tuesday, November 13, 2012

96 Cents

Though I have a high appreciation of technology, I did not have much appreciation for Apple iPhones, contenting myself with an older phone which I had been carrying around for four (4) years or so.  The phone did what I needed it do.  Make phone calls, send occasional text messages, and, in a pinch, connect to the internet if I wanted.

Unfortunately, that older phone of mine recently stopped functioning so I needed to replace it, so off to Sam’s Club I went, at the urging of my brother, The Wizard, who informed me that I could purchase a relatively basic phone for $18.88.

Sure enough, Sam’s had a Samsung Brightside phone for $18.88, but in wanting to keep abreast of what other phones Sam’s had available, I perused the kiosk and came upon an Apple iPhone 4, brand new and in the box, for $0.96, and I thought, why would I spend $18.88, plus tax, for that Samsung phone, when I could get the Apple iPhone 4 for $0.96, so I opted for the iPhone.

Now, this iPhone has many more features than I will probably ever utilize, and while previously I would have considered all of these features I would not use as a bug, in fact, all of these features are a boon, and deserve admiration, as an article at the Cato Institute, titled The Miracle that Is the iPhone (or How Capitalism Can Be Good for the Environment) points out.

I may not have the newest fandangled iPhone available, but that doesn’t matter to me in the least, especially when I have more than I need, technology wise, in my 96 cent iPhone 4.

Link to Cato article via Wealth is not the Problem (and wealth most definitely is not the problem).

Posted by John Venlet on 11/13 at 11:07 AM
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In a Two Dimensional World Sex Sells

The author of Corpse in Armor, Martin McPhillips, discusses Obama’s fourth dimension, and America’s show culture, America’s virtual reality, and includes this thought in his post.

So Americans are plugged in, listening, watching, experiencing every human emotion that can be put into a live wire, and they often buy and sell along those pathways, as well as buying others and selling themselves in those two dimensions, with great feeling.

A problem arises, among many problems, when the political realm is sold in the same way a song, a car, or a soft drink is sold. Images of granny and baby, sorrow and happiness, success and failure, are attached to politics, but when we buy any political product the price is now more often the last of our own freedom, and that freedom is converted by the political class into power. The joke is on us because the power is over us. What was two-dimensional in its offering, like everything else that settles into reality, becomes three dimensions, and the third dimension of politics is power.

Which goes far in explaining why, in a world where Ambassador Chris Stevens is still very dead, headlines such as this, Exclusive: Paula Broadwell’s Emails Revealed, receive more attention in the mainstream media than actual wrong doings in government, and elicit comments such as this.

...Ambassador Chris Stevens would have gotten more attention sending snotty e-mails to random citizens rather than asking the State Department for more security.

Comment lifted from Small Dead Animals.

UPDATE:  Oooooh ... Shiny!: One of the most wonderfully front-loaded distraction campaigns in recent memory

Posted by John Venlet on 11/13 at 10:01 AM
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