Via Dispatched From the Culture Wars. Jesse Jackson once liked and now doesn’t like the iPad. Welcome to my world Jesse! Screw apple! But wait..
A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs ... now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your book, download your newspaper, download your magazine....
Well, if you’re anything like me then you tried eBooks and didn’t like em’, you feel far better with a hardback book in your hands then a kindle or somesuch device; but let’s continue.
...what becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs? What becomes of book stores and librarians and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not-too-distant future such jobs simply will not exist.
Maybe. However, there won’t be masses of people sitting around unemployed (well, maybe there will but it won’t be because of the death of paper) because, you see, there’ll be new jobs and new avenues of human endeavor which will need people behind it. The luddites have always made claims like this. Say, for example, that the loom will destroy jobs with it’s automation. Here we are in the future, are there masses of unemployed people due to the invention of the loom? Nope. It’s called progress Jesse. Get behind it.
Steve Jobs is doing pretty well. He's created the iPad. Certainly it's made life more efficient for Americans, but the iPad is produced in China. It's not produced here in the United States. So the Chinese get to take advantage of our First Amendment values, that is, to provide freedom of speech through the iPad to the American people.
Okay, that’s just incoherent. It’s interesting how freedom of speech is “provided” and government is to impose by fiat (it is told he wants these things banned so I am going under that assumption here) what is and what is not produced due to his stupidity. He views the job market as a limited pie and probably does with wages and other economic forces too. The man is a fool and buffoon of the highest order. This goes some way to explain how he’s on the left, where such ideas find a hold.
Posted on: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 2:34 AM