I wonder where the fault line exists between the real economy, and the junk economy lies?

The real economy includes food that nourishes, tools that make food for people, stuff that keeps people from freezing to death, and things that keep you from dying horribly from zombie attack.

The superfluous economy is all the rest of the crap that advertising and whimsy makes us think we need, but dont really need. The stuff that for the most part we eschew when we feel like we are about to be out of money. The sickly sweet icing on that we coat the flat top of Maslows pyramid of need. The stuff they sell us because they can convince us we need it. And because they can make it cheaply enough to profit.

Where is the line drawn? How many of us are actually living our lives contributing to the junk-food style economy rather than the real one?

Entire nations of people working as near slaves in a dystopian vision of Santas workshop. Feeding the emptiness like a banquet of cotton candy.

The world of the consumer is becoming as loud in its screaming messages to consume and as soon as "consumer confidence" reignites, the advertising will leap to levels that will compare fairly with the din of a Casino. Perhaps we are already there. Perhaps my intolerance for commercials has blinded me to that fact already.

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I like to think that the telecomm industry has made the world a better place. Improved communications have certainly contributed to an increase in the superfluous, but they have also improved lives in a very tangible way. (Then again, anyone who has spent any time on the phone with a representative from Bell may disagree with me completely, and they have good reason to.)

Despite my belief in telecomm, I don't think there is any way that I can defend how my company does telecomm.

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I would consider communications an essential. It saves lives, coordinates food, warns the folks next door of undead attack, helps people find mates.

Then again, thanks to telecom we now have telemarketers. And spam.

Back in the day of smoke signals, I suppose spam was a puff on the horizon. And a DDoS attack was a forest fire.


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I wouldn't count a bike as a necessity in the strictest sense, but I certainly wouldn't want to live without mine (having had bouts of such due to injury and whatnot). I feel pretty heavily addicted to the internet and would probably regret losing it, but I think it'd be a lot easier to cope with if it just went away and no one else had it at all. I hadrly use my phone, but keep it for similar reasons to Internet.

My boat is shelter, and affords long range transport if needed (e.g. to get food from more fertile lands than Toronto), so I think that apart from the three things I've listed above (and perhaps my foul weather gear affording me a little more comfort than is strictly necessary), I'm pretty close to the wire as it is.
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