Monday, July 16, 2012

Cartoon of the Day: We Just Don't Make Things

HT: Jeff Jacoby

3 Comments:

At 7/16/2012 12:11 PM, Blogger arbitrage789 said...

It is true, however, that we don't "make" things that favor certain constituent groups of certain politicians.

 
At 7/16/2012 6:34 PM, Blogger JakeW said...

haha, great cartoon.

Reminds me of a reader comment on a Salt Lake Tribune article about the job-creating growth of Utah upstart Qualtrics (an online survey & statistical analysis company):

"Aaaah, yes, for those of you who bemoan the loss of the U.S.'s prowess (and employment) in work like tooling and manufacturing, i.e., the making of "real" stuff, this is a great example of our new industrial world - one that produces, well, fluff. Words, statistics, opinions - all destined to soon become fodder for dusty file cabinets...or, in keeping with the times, a spare thumb drive. Lots of money for a very few folks, nothing of substance in the end."

 
At 7/16/2012 7:05 PM, OpenID Sprewell said...

I can just imagine these dimbulbs a century ago, "A new horseless carriage called the Model T? How can you eat that? What a waste of time building a geegaw like that when we all know real business is done on the farm, growing food we can eat." What these idiots don't understand is just as the industrial economy superceded the agricultural economy, the information economy is much more important these days. Statistical firms like the one mentioned by JakeW are the ones who will determine where resources need to be used or money needs to be invested, something that will earn their information workers much more than most factory workers could ever hope to make these days. Obviously not everybody in the US can be an information worker yet, but with the growth of the internet economy, that's only a matter of time.

 

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