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  1. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 1 year ago

    Well, that is human progress for you. Think of how many important things that existed at one time, but are no more. Even worse, I can think of literally millions of good paying middle class blue collar jobs that have been automated out of existence. I must admit to not knowing just what to do about such things, does anybody (and blaming politicians on either side of the political spectrum, gets us nowhere either) else??

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    Automated out of existence???


    China had more than 90% of its citizens pumping water as part of the Water Monopoly Empire, all day, every day. Now that electric pumps are doing all the work formerly done by peasants, those peasants are finding jobs in factories. That’s more than half a billion new jobs.


    (Of course, those jobs put more money in the pockets of our betters than squandering jobs on US peons would, so all is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds in any candid assessment.)

  3. pbarnrob

    pbarnrob said, about 1 year ago

    What’s left is, that we have communities without geographical boundaries, but definitely ideological ones. The current (six-corporation-owned) MSM feeds echo chambers, that further divide those borders.

  4. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    Not entirely incorrect, but even the Chinese will eventually fall to the God of automation. Remember, a machine works 24/7, far faster than most human beings do, does not take breaks or lunch, and requires no benefits, or for that mater even a salary.


    And no, being a technologist myself, I am definitely not an anti automation Luddite, that is not an answer either. But, perhaps some other form of work/salary/benefits should at least be tried before it all comes to a head? Even if that eventually means some form of the dreaded socialism? That might not be perfect either, but would certainly be better than out and out anarchy!!


    And I thank you, it is far better to actually, and even respectfully, discuss such ideas here, rather than the ignorant name calling I sometimes find!!

  5. Baslim the beggar says, "Vanished is not vanquished."

    Baslim the beggar says, "Vanished is not vanquished." GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Where have all the blacksmiths gone?
    Where have all stables gone?
    Where have all the phone booths gone?
    Where have all the copyist monks gone?
    Where have all the telephone operators gone?
    Where have all the weavers gone?

    Funny thing, progress…

  6. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    Main Streets began dying as passenger trains quit stopping at the local stations, and were then dealt a further blow as interstates highways bypassed them and malls and superstores opened at the off ramps.
    The internet has actually had positive effects for many small towns. As small towns are rediscovered by people who drive the path less taken on state routes instead of super highways. Small diners are being discovered on Yelp as an alternative to the chains and their “factory” food that tastes the same no matter in which state you find them. Craftsmen and artisans are discovered by “tourists” and empowered by the internet. People who can local foods, or even raise organic meats, have found UPS, FED EX, and even the USPS can quickly deliver their delicious products to loyal epicurean customers.
    My wife and I travel a lot. When time permits, we take the two lane back roads and I have a stack of cards from business like I’ve described above. However, if ANYONE reading this knows someone who makes Sweet Pickled Green Tomatos… please let me know. My aunt used to make them and, please pardon the caps…O…M…G!!!!!
    It would be nice if small town main streets could find a way to turn themselves into ‘malls’/‘superstores’ that could pull people away from made in China superstores and into the communities where the money, made in the USA, could do the most good.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  7. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, about 1 year ago

    @pbarnrob

    Methylsulfonylmethane? Militant Socialist Movement? Magnetospheric Specification Model? MainStream Media?

  8. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, about 1 year ago

    @Baslim the beggar says, "Vanished is not vanquished."

    And the lamplighters…

  9. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago

    Change the word “Internet” to “government” and you have an even better cartoon! Right down the tubes!

  10. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 1 year ago

    So when the neo-Luddites pick up their sledgehammers and head off to destroy Google’s data centers so that “we can have our newspapers back”… will they be using Google Maps to figure out how to get there?

  11. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Omnius

    Is that a confession?

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Baslim the beggar says, "Vanished is not vanquished."

    “You mean you’ve got a hold full of frozen hairdressers?” he said.

    “Oh yes,” said the Captain, “Millions of them. Hairdressers, tired TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, public relations executives, management consultants, you name them. We’re going to colonize another planet.”

    Ford wobbled very slightly.

    “Exciting isn’t it?” said the Captain.
    .
    And then they were dumped on a planet that would later be known as ‘Earth’.

  13. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    If we can’t keep net neutrality then we will soon go the way of newspapers, with making the costs out of reach of all but 1 or 2 entities owning the news sourse .

    This is what Verizon and several other ISPs are trying to do. They want to make 2 speeds, one that costs so much that only corporations can use it and the other slow, for the rest of us.
    I don’t remember where I read it, but google net neutrality and when you find a petition please sign.
    I really care about all of you or I wouldn’t mention it.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @Robert Landers

    However automation does not keep your economy going. So you either go back to humans or you pay them anyway so you have an economy to operate in.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    The Media has always been Conservative. It is more so now.

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