Yes. I have noted the same thing about the places where millenial technoids want to work these days.

If Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber, Apple, and the rest of the “new technology, new media” companies vanished tomorrow, there would be a day of mourning, and then the world would pick up without a beat.

There are several hundred search engines to replace Google. The loss of Facebook is filled with several dozen competitors. The sudden need to frequent several shopping sites rather than one is annoying but not difficult. There still exist traditional taxis that have served us well for a decades. And the death of the iphone and Mac may be annoying to some who are intimidated by technology, but easily replaced by Samsung and the computer that the other 90% of the world uses.

Now, try to get along without IBM, Oracle, HP, and those nasty boring “old tech” companies. Watch as the world grinds to a halt. GDP drops. Unemployment rises. IT managers jump from windows as systems that have worked for decades suddenly fail.

I remain constantly annoyed by a fact: that back in the day, the best and brightest engineers of the world wanted to work for NASA and the National Labs and CERN and the like to solve problems that have global significance.

Now, the best and brightest engineers want to devote their careers to figuring out how to get people to click on more ads; and when they start companies, they want to create toy software that allow them to live more indulgent lives.

And they call that “changing the world.”


Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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