I. Love. Shiny Stuff. We all do! It makes us children again. We look in amazement (some more than others) at how an iPod can carry so much data or how you can video message from across the world.
Greed has overcome the few that cannot afford these luxuries I'm afraid. We churn out the underclass that seek to improve their own lives and their bastard families, but it is merely a mirror image of the true nature of humanity. As Tyler Durden would say: "Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need." The majority of the electorate is unanimous in saying the UK riots this week have been damaging and they do not condone what has happened. However, I cannot help but feel that put in the same situation, with the same life prospects, the same income and the same feeling of hopelessness, I would have acted exactly the same way. I do not think we should close down the Blackberry network briefly just because a few people may or may not have organised a riot on there - good honest people used it a day later to organise peace marches on a much larger scale than any looting. It makes you proud to think that there are people that really do care about their communities and will go out of their way to protect it. Apart from the odd highstreet purchase of Meatball Marinara, I do not really do very much for mine.
This week has questioned my faith in this coalition; I've come to the conclusion that Cameron is a damn sight better than me at deploying anti-riot tactics. Like so many others, I jumped on the 'Get the Army to kill them because we clearly do not need them' band wagon, although I still do feel like we would be better off without some people. I've come to the conclusion that I'm an extreme capitalist - which means (in brief) I believe there should be a referendum for every single decision made by the government, but we cannot afford this yet, so maybe some time in the future we'll get more of a say. I learnt also this week about e-petitions. If you get 100,000 online 'signatures' the House of Commons is obliged to discuss the matter; a step in the right direction I suppose.
As I write this England's cricket team are 9 wickets away from becoming World no. 1 because of India - if only solving the Financial Crisis was as simple as that. Well, actually it probably is. British goods have become increasingly popular in Asia this past year, giving AD a welcome boost that it needed. It only seems right after all, 'Made in China' seems to have survived the recession rather well and the British are more than willing to give in.
As much as Microsoft have woo-ed the consumer with Xbox Kinect I can't help but feel it's not enough to get my inner nerd druelling, after all, I might as well go find some like minded people and play these sports for real. What really does impress me is innovation, something that's never been seen before and could potentially change the way we live our lives. Most software out there does the same as its market equivalent; desktop and laptops have roughly stayed the same shape for years. The technology giants realise this now. MacIntosh released the iPad2 (not very exciting name is it) to a stupid world that gave in to the same old product in a new shape and form. Additionally, within the next 20 years all computer technology will probably have some sort of DNA running it (no really, DNA - biostuff of life) due to silicon based technologies reaching their optimum capabilities. We will demand faster broadband connectivity and the market is more than willing to scoop the profits. What's really interesting though is that we might be seeing a major shift in their behaviour, from the conventional 'produce the next best innovation' to 'rebrand products to make them look nicer'. If the consumer is willing to pay, then why change? It makes you wonder how far we could have got ourselves if we weren't driven by the lust for money...
Maybe consumer demands and profit hungry tycoons can meet somewhere in the middle. Browsing the internet I stumbled upon the future of computing and mobile communications. The Sony NexTep wrist computer combines a computer and a phone, at the convenience of wearing it (yes, wearing your phone/computer) as a wristwatch. In addition, it uses a hologram projection against a flat vertical surface as the computer interface. Not very useful in a coffee shop, but nevertheless, it is practical and probably quite fashionable. Whether it is affordable or not, they say it will be released as soon as 2020. My inner nerd is druelling.