Brian Merchant
Jun 12 2019

You are correct, what a dumb error lol. I updated the post accordingly.

May 22 2019

If you stop reading at “Jeff Bezos Wouldn’t Even Come on Stage” then you would have a point, but the headline refers to the part when his employee asked him to come on stage to listen to 1000s of his workers’ concerns and he declined, not the part where he came on stage to do the obligatory Q+A. And if you are Read more

Mar 28 2019

Yes, this is a great point. The Midwest used to be a hotbed of leftism a looooong time ago, and you can argue the Dems abandoning more direct labor platforms is part of the reason the GOP was able to pivot to culture war issues and scoop them up. 

Mar 28 2019

I’m currently writing a book about the Luddites, know them pretty well by now, & yes: as most metaphors are, that’s a little oversimplified, but not inaccurate. Automation & industrialization drove the switch you are talking about, and without automated looms deployed by factory owners and early capitalists, artisans Read more

Mar 7 2019

Nah, I’ve been on this here internet a long time, you’d have to do better than that to get under my skin. And yes, worth keeping in mind for future posts like this!

Mar 7 2019

I’m loving all of this discussion by the way—certainly knew I’d be dunked on for this, esp at Gizmodo. Some of it is certainly user error, but also just *user philosophy*. I’m the guy who kind of likes reading the tabloid headlines, considering buying a candy bar, and chatting with a friendly rep. I’ve used Read more

Mar 7 2019

This is an interesting point & worth noting. I almost *never* go to the grocery store to get just a couple things—it’s a weekly shopping stop. For smaller stuff, I go to a bodega or convenience store where there is no self-checkout. So it’s usually fruit or, YES, booze, or something that doesn’t properly register Read more

Feb 27 2019

This is interesting, thanks for sharing; as for the automation, my sense is a lot of it is software automation that might be adopted in any company; blue collar jobs in Houston, for instance, where so many jobs evaporated, and some part and parcel process stuff. I’m sure automation won’t decimate boots on the ground Read more

Jan 9 2019

Thanks for sharing this, it’s really insightful & speaks to how complex the phenomenon underway really is.