I don’t think I’ll try for the trifecta of internet taboos this time. I’ll save the religious stuff for Easter. Politics and economics are intertwined, though, and unfortunately, considerably more important than some of the other articles I have simmering on the burner.
Karl Denninger has some new articles up that I’d like to highlight.
First, his obligatory “Year in Review” sort of post. Lots of data with a side order of vitriol. This will be an interesting year, what with the 2010 elections firing people up (or not, as the case may be). Apologies to those of you who don’t care about U.S. politics. I’m actually not a fan of politics, as it happens (politicians bother me), but events on that stage have a nasty tendency to affect the stuff I am a fan of, so it’s good to at least be aware of what is afoot.
Then there’s this gem that not only roasts the mainstream media, but also serves as a nice reminder of the math behind housing and why we’re still not in a Happy Place economically. Calling Geithner and Obama to task is icing on the cake. (Don’t worry, he has blasted Bush as well. Economic concerns are nonpartisan; both parties are part of the problem.)
And if you’re a fan of the Time Man of the Year, dear old Ben Bernanke, Denninger has this to say of some of his recent comments:
Denninger is a wee bit more… fiesty… than I might be, but he’s keyed into the financial markets, and considering the smoldering problems in that sector of the economy (that affect all of us), it’s been instructive for me to see what he’s concerned about.
The Christmas Eve shenanigans were interesting, too:
When the legislation makes efforts to pass something while citizens are busy, it throws up a few red flags in my mind. Similarly, when they say “this must pass NOW, or the world will end”, it bothers me, whether it’s about Climate Change, TARP or Health Care Reform. I can’t help but think of hucksters telling me to “Buy Now, this deal will never be this good again!”, when almost inevitably, a little bit of homework and a bit of patience shows it to be the fraudulent sales pitch it really is. Why is it that we offer politicians any more respect than cable TV sales channel pitchmen? In my mind, both are modern day snake oil salesmen, only differentiated by the actual effect they can have on the population at large.
Speaking of snake oil, though:
I know, I know, I usually talk about game design and happy shiny fluffy stuff. Thing is, if societal acrimony increases while the economy burns as our leaders fiddle about with things best left alone, and we really do step into a Greater Depression, complete with political and societal upheaval, the New Happy Shiny might be more Big Brother Soylent Green than endless navel gazing in the MMO genre. Jack Thompson isn’t the only “political” figure that stands in opposition to gaming utopia.
So… yeah. That’s my New Year’s “Coming up Next” post.
Please pay attention to things that really are more important than games. Don’t take my word for what is going on, don’t take Denninger’s word, don’t drink the Hannity or Huffington Kool-Aid. Don’t trust government propaganda. As Thomas Jefferson recommended: Question With Boldness (OK, OK, there’s a hint of religion in the full quote, so I did get in the whole trifecta…)
Question everything, and don’t stop until you have the truth.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled Questioning of Game Design. (See, the philosophy works there, too!)