The environment - Journal of Omnifarious
Nov. 16th, 2005
10:52 am - The environment
I just had an odd thought. We all know that there are some behaviors en-mass that help the environment and some that hurt. But we also know that despite the fact it's in everybody's long-term best interest to do things that improve the environment, it's not always in their short-term best interest.
Markets are like environments in this way. It's bad to use certain technologies because of the kinds of dependencies the vendors of those technologies foster in their users. Using them decreases diversity and hampers new forms and ideas arising. But they certainly seem convenient and useful in the moment. So, having a healthy market that actually does its job requires some amount of short-term sacrifice on everybody's part for a long-term gain.
So, when I talk about how people should use certain technologies for dimly perceived long-term benefit I'm being an 'environmentalist' for the technology marketplace.