After reading The Battle of $9.99 (even though Apple was dead ass wrong too) it is clear to me that Amazon has no problem with putting folks out of work in the name of progress. If you ask Jeff Bezoz progress makes things obsolete every day and that fact is an inevitable reality (paraphrasing from CBS Program 60 Minutes). Amazon is just doing its job. Amazon is just taking its rightful place in history as a revolutionary company in the 2000s.
All that’s true, and fine, but I still struggle with Amazon. Up until I read The Battle of 9.99, I didn’t know too much about Amazon. I would have continued to dole out praises about them, but now I don’t know. There’s nothing wrong with progress, but what about social responsibility? Is progress more important than making it possible for people to continue to work? Is nothing sacred?
Amazon’s newest venture is “Amazon Prime Air.” In about four to five years Amazon will send a cute little drone straight to your door. These preprogrammed robots will soar the skies of America, landing gracefully at your front door to deliver your Amazon.com goods. Well there goes what’s left of the USPS, UPS, and FedEx. I ask again, is nothing sacred.
Jeff Bezoz, I get everything you’re saying. I really do, but I can’t get behind it. This may make shopping very difficult in my near future, as I order from Amazon.com A LOT. As a consumer I resent being placed in between a rock and a hard place. I’m stuck in between getting a bargain price or helping a real live human being keep his job. Do you see what Madam Ruby sees? I see an IRobot-esque future for all of us. I cannot!
I picked this book up because it was a required reading. This is not something that I would have located or selected on my own, so I was surprised at the way this story of the ebook evolution intrigued me.
A few pages in, and I was severely bothered. Call me old-fashioned, but there’s something about change that sometimes rubs me the wrong way. Not because I’m against change. I’m all about change, evolution, etc. But I do sometimes get a little nostalgic about the way things used to be. I remember getting really pissed when the clap skate emerged on the speed-skating scene (I’m aging myself).
When I read about the way ebooks have basically murdered print publication—it does make me a little sad. Now that doesn’t keep me from buying ebooks. And that makes me mad, really, really mad! I’m a sucker for bargain, and I can buy an ebook for 99 cents. Damn it! I’ve been caught up in the Amazon trap!
I haven’t finished resolving my feelings about this…stay tuned for more.
As the semester nears the end, it’s time to start thinking of final projects. I’ve toiled over this. I even had a dream about the perfect journal to develop. Trust me when I say my concept was good—until I discovered that someone else had already done it. Theme magazine is pretty awesome. If you have a moment check it out. Too bad they thought of this before me. http://www.thememagazine.com
My new concept for a online journal is in large part due to my colleagues. All semester, I have heard my colleagues express their feelings about being unheard. My project idea centers around giving them what they asked for—a voice. I dedicate my hard work and efforts to them.
Stay tuned for more.
Until next time…
Profound words from the master…
Chocolate is the answer…who cares what the question is.
Are you busy missing moments because your cell phone is always blocking your view? Watch this video and see if you see yourself. It’s kind of crazy that technology has changed our POV to something so artificial. Now that’s not to say that I’m going to toss my cell phone….Technology, smart phones, are a necessary evil. But I think I will definitely work on putting it down a little more.
Steve Jobs once made a statement basically saying in the scheme of things technology doesn’t change life….I beg to differ, and I think this video proves it.