A new Market Economy?

Is the Internet, and all the technology which is available there for you? Or, are you there to buy the use of the Internet and pay others for what they want to charge you? This is a fair question. Let me see if I can boil the words down a little. Is the Internet made available to help you, or are you there, so the Internet has someone to sell something to?

Please understand, I don’t have an axe to grind, and I’m not complaining about anything. I’m just asking a question. I ask it because quite a bit like our telephone system which now has us inundated with Robocalls, I cannot believe the spam and the number of items on the Internet which we are being pushed to buy.

I do understand that for something to exist, it has to earn its own way. There is no such thing as a free lunch. I remember a proposal once where energy providers in California wanted to charge utility users a Sun tax. I even remember hearing that the truth about the plastic which now clogs our ocean is not the fact that it cannot be destroyed or recycled, the truth is you can’t make any money in doing it, so no one wants to bother.

Right now, it seems there is a multitude of gadgets on the Internet, and way too many gimmicks to try to sell them to you. It’s hard to do anything enjoyable when you are stopped every five minutes or so to watch ads. I would not mind so much except I can only view the same ads for so long, and then I just have to turn the app off. Actually, too many of the same ad could be a good thing. If the ads are finally forcing people to turn off the game and do something productive, we may have just solved video game addiction.

I told you I’m only asking the question. I would relish reading your ideas on these thoughts. I believe that we should use technology. I also wish for a strong economy. I feel what this means is if the technology is going to take away many of the dangerous, dreary and dirty jobs from humans, it is only right that we get to use technology to play our part in building a new style of the market economy.

If we are going to have a new style of a market economy, then we need to ask some questions. How do we balance the playing field? How do we ensure a fair wage for fair work? And how do we protect the people both large and small?

It seems that today, I have many questions. These are questions I have wondered about for a while. And I would love to have a conversation with others on these thoughts.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Global Connection

It’s a beautiful morning. We are now entering the week for timeliness. This is the week where the deadlines for mailing Christmas presents exists. I know not everybody has everything shipped yet. And I know this because I’m part of everybody and I still have packages to send.

There is importance to staying on top of things, and planning gives yourself a lot of good time in which to act. We do this so that when push comes to shove and everything slides because of a multitude of reasons and demands, we could still get what needs to be done completed just under the deadline.

I saw this morning on the news that UPS will be delivering over 400 packages a minute come Wednesday morning. The most significant cause of this is e-commerce. As a purchasing public, we just don’t go to brick-and-mortar stores as much as we have in the past.

One of the reasons may be is we cannot always find exactly what is desired in a local store or within a community. Those Christmas items that some people have asked me for were not to be located in the local area, I did look and still had to go to the internet to purchase many presents. Shopping online, the desired gifts were quickly found and delivered to my front door within a few days.

I am not saying that e-commerce will take over all brick-and-mortar stores. I really like to go out and look at items and understand what I am purchasing. Quite often in a brick-and-mortar store I can see different things and gain new perspectives based upon what my gift receiver might like.

It is great to know there is a global market which allows us to reach out to a larger community. This is only one of the many good things that the Internet does.

Not only can we purchase more, but we can also keep in touch with friends from long ago or far away. When I was young, my dad was in the Army. As we moved from Army post to Army post, new friends were found, and old friends seemed to be lost forever. When I grew up, my kids went with me from Air Force Base to Air Force Base. The kids met new friends wherever they went, and as the boys grew, they could keep up with old friends through the Internet. After all, your real wealth is found in the friends you keep in the things you share.

Please have a great week.  And, don’t let the rush get to you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.