Jonathan Franzen’s Guardian article – What’s Wrong With The Modern World – was such a monumental act of self-parody that I was surprised it wasn’t published in The Onion. Even his failures (to have sex with an “unbelievably pretty girl” in Munich) aren’t failures, but a decision he makes, right before shoehorning in mention of his Fulbright scholarship. Classic Franzen, you might say.
Franzen likes to think of himself as a “lefty” but he’s really what we call in Ireland a smoked salmon socialist. (In the US, you might use the term champagne socialist or limousine liberal, but the Irish term has a certain something). In other words, while he professes to believe in equality, he’s really an elitist of the worst kind.
Take his attitude to reviews. One of the (many!) things Franzen is decrying about the modern world is the forthcoming extinction of “responsible book reviewers.” Of…
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Article Title: “Silicon Valley: The Second Wave”
Author: Craig Lock
Category/Subject(tags): Internet Marketing, Internet, WWW
Web sites: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html
Other Articles by the submitter are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 andhttp://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management (how boring now, craig!)
These writings (as with all my articles) may be freely published.
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
This is a slightly updated version of a letter of mine published in Time Magazine many years ago (in 2000) .
“Silicon* Valley: The Second Wave”
* or perhaps should be more appropriately re-termed “Silly Con Valley”
“The next information revolution is well under way…It is not a revolution in technology, machinery, techniques, software, or speed. It is a revolution in CONCEPTS.”
– Drucker, 1998
“Money is what fueled the industrial society. But in the informational society, the fuel, the power, is knowledge. One has now come to see a new class structure divided by those who have information and those who must function out of ignorance. This new class has its power not from money, not from land, but from knowledge.”
– John Kenneth Galbraith
“The future belongs to those who apply knowledge with innovation and resourcefulness to find new paths – in business and in life.”
– Craig Lock and Bill Rosoman
As we all know, the Internet revolution is evolving at a dizzying pace. What we see today can be history next year or even next week. Five years from now the Internet will be quite different from that which most of us can imagine.
The vision of a “nerdish” future with a dash of Gordon Gecko Wall Street greed and a touch of youthful creative imagination and energy is one that excites us in “sleepy, far-off” New Zealand. It’s a vision my ‘cyber-partners/pals’ and I, as budding netrepeneurs cherish and have fully embraced – one whereby the small guys in
geographically isolated communities like us, can take on the world and the major players on a relatively level playing field, except (in most cases) for miniscule advertising budgets.
However, start-up venture capital for “high-risk ventures” is still a big problem here in New Zealand, because, unlike in Ireland, Czechoslovakia and other forward-thinking countries, the government here in “Godzone” has been relatively slow to embrace the technological revolution (though they are now getting on board – perhaps an impending election had something to do with it!).
The “technological revolution”, electronic commerce and the information age could be just the recipe the world needs for a level playing field of socially responsible capitalism – one in which smaller countries and “the little people” with imagination + vision can take on the corporations and the giant countries, like the US and Japan…if only the conservative money-lenders, the banks embraced the same vision and stopped lending umbrellas to budding netrepeneurs when the sun’s shining and asking for them back, as soon as it’s starts to rain.
The successful cyber entrepreneur of today could well be the equivalent of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Kennedy’s, Paul Getty’s and Henry Ford’s of yesteryear, especially in the new ENTREPRENEURIAL (nice big word) AGE, which I believe, is even more important (and a more appropriate term) than the information age.
What you do today could repay you a hundred-fold tomorrow…and there is just one rule: As the Nike ad says, … “Just do it with all you’ve got”
Finally…and most importantly,
Success and happiness lie in the journey, the ‘way of travelling’… and not merely arriving at the destination.
Be happy and ENJOY the ride (“wild”)
Craig Lock (“Information and Inspiration Distributer, Aspiring Infopreneur and Dreamer”
“Life is about finding, then following the dream… and one’s dream/vision comes to reality through believing in yourself, making the commitment and then creating it.”
“Do not follow the well-beaten track of others towards success – like the rainbow, it is often an illusion always just beyond our reach. Make your own path and let your spirit blaze a brilliant trail towards the pot of gold, the prize for the gift – one that is uniquely you and YOUR successful journey down the mysterious and magical river of life.”
The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at:
“Together, let’s see how many people we can impact, uplift, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”
These thoughts may be freely published.
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