Over at Cracked they have an article about how the future will be ruled by bull shit.
The basic idea is everything above the lowest block on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can basically be had online for free. This not only feeds into the “Information wants to be free” mantra of just a few years ago, but also gives evidence of a theory I have been rolling around in my head for the last year or so. I think we are witnessing the birth of a new demographic, we are seeing the rise of the Techno Peasant, people who have little wealth in the real world, but live full, exciting and passionate lives online.
When I examine my life, I discover, I no longer need to buy newspapers or magazines, I don”t have to go to the movie theatre or a movie rental place, heck, I don’t even need cable TV any more. I live over a thousand miles from my family, but I regularly communicate with them and the emotional bump of my fathers death, was for me, played out on Facebook. My best friends are the guys I play HackMaster online with every Friday night. The only significant relationship I have that is not primarily online is my Wife PezWitch. I live the bulk of my life online and even if I lost everything today, as the article said, I could continue that life for the price of a $300 netbook and a $20 a month Internet connection. So yes, for me, everything above that lowest tier on the Maslow chart, is free online or so close to free as it does not really matter.Saturday afternoon softball games and cocktail parties have been replaced by World of Warcraft raids.