Job Automation Pt. 4 – The Argument for Universal Basic Income

There's an idea that has been floating around that has been getting a lot of attention. Part 1 & 2: We've established that job automation is going to have a large impact on our world. From the developing world to the developed. From low skilled labor to high-paying, high skilled white collar jobs. Part 3: We've also established that people simply are not going to take this lying down. While re-education of people in a world where job automation will only continue to grow (and more on … [Read more...]

Job Automation Pt. 3 – How Will People React?

*In Pt.1 and Pt. 2 of this subject, we looked at the impact that job automation would have on the developing and the developed world.* One aspect to job automation that seems to be overlooked is the reaction that people will have to their jobs being threatened. Plenty of various Google searches did not bring very much on this subject. Yes, Foxconn replaced 60000 of its workers with robots at one facility. Was there an investigative piece of journalism that inquired into what happened with … [Read more...]

Job Automation Pt. 1 and 2 – The Impact on the Developing and Developed World

The Automation robots are coming to (possibly) take your job. They'll be here sooner than you think. What will people do? Will they worship their new automation overlords? Will we let job automation run the world as we kick back? Will we fight back? Will it be like that South Park episode? There are many, MANY aspects of job automation, but let's break it down into chunks. The following will be a series of posts, and as I continue on with writing, more aspects may pop up. (This post … [Read more...]

The Death of Gawker – What Does It Mean?

Gawker is now dead. It took some time, but the straw that broke the camel's back was the Hogan legdrop after a hot-tag from Peter Thiel thanks to the billionaire's financial backing of Hogan's lawsuit. Many writers are now seeking employment elsewhere. Many are jumping up and down in excitement at the death of Gawker (I must say, I'm happy to see them gone), while others are concerned about what this means for the future of journalism, along with the implications of a billionaire going … [Read more...]

The Power of Nostalgia

Nostalgia is a HUGE market that has been taken advantage of for quite some time now. How has nostalgia impacted our world recently? Look at shows like Stranger Things, the most-talked about show that plays heavily on the nostalgia factor.  Pokemon Go has been an absolute runaway success that got even the laziest out and about. Here's an excellent article by Gary Vaynerchuk on how Nintendo used nostalgia to help with its success. Love Star Wars? Enjoy The Force Awakens? Don't worry, … [Read more...]

How Come Millennials Are Afraid Of Investing?

Millennials are terrified of investing. They shouldn't be. Student debt. A less-than-stellar job economy. Stagnant wages. The 2008 crash. Millennials are dealing with an economy and world that vastly differs from what their parents faced (this is something I've written about in the past). Investing seems to not be something that many millennials are doing, which we will see shortly, and why you must realize, that, as a millennial, that is a terrible mistake. Despite not a large number … [Read more...]

Canadian Couple Don’t Partake in the Consumption Game – People are Pissed

There was a heartwarming story dear to my heart published on CBC the other day. How a 30-something couple got rich and retired by not joining home ownership 'cult'. Yes! They've ignored the consumption game! A young couple of computer engineers in the Toronto area, at the ages of 33 and 34, have more than a million dollars in the bank, through cutting back on expenses, picking high-paying careers, investing in index funds, and not buying a house. They've left their respective jobs and are … [Read more...]

Just How Big is the Vocal Minority? A Case Study: The Mass Effect 3 Ending Debacle

It was March 2012. It was the roar of gamers heard across the internet. One of the best-selling and critically acclaimed video game series of the seventh generation of consoles saw the release of Mass Effect 3 in March 2012. The expectations for the finale of the trilogy were through the roof. How will the story end? How will my choices impact the ending? Reviews were extremely positive by critics, although little mention was made of the ending. When players completed the game, it seems like … [Read more...]

We All Think Different, So Stop Thinking We Don’t

I'm done with superhero movies, there's way too many of them. You can't stand Nickelback and think that they're the antichrist of music. You're tired of the overexposure of people like Taylor Swift or Beyonce. With the rise of Pokemon Go, you realize Pokemon made a comeback after all these years, and that nothing happened with the franchise between 2000 and now. You got over the fad at the time. You've built a product that customers had a hard time understanding. It's not you, it's … [Read more...]

Making Politicians Your Saviour Is a Fool’s Errand

It's easy to get swept up in Political Fever. Who could ever forget 2008 with Obama? The economy was collapsing, but people were full of hope when Obama stepped into office. Obama is going to send those damn bankers to jail! I went out the night in late 2015 when the Canadian Liberal Party won the federal election, marking the end of the Conservative Party as the governing since 2006. People were absolutely ecstatic. Look at this Prime Minister, what stunning looks! The whole system will be … [Read more...]

It Worked for My Parents – Why Not Me?

It's 2016. Not 1986. No, this isn't a Baby Boomers vs Millennials article. If you want to go read those, there's plenty out there. Even better, go to the comments thread. I'm sure you'll find that as a productive use of your time. I'll wait for you. So, you're a millennial. You've heard it all before, whether from the media, from your parents, or others older than you. "I just don't get these millennials. It's not that difficult to get a job. Stop being entitled!" "These millennials … [Read more...]

Unconscious Consumerism is Destroying Your Life

You may not notice it, but you're probably living a life full of unconscious consumerism. "Moi? No, I know where my money goes, thank you very much, and good day to you!" Spoken by someone who lives pay cheque to pay cheque while munching down on a Big Mac and gulping down a coke. You'd rather go see Suicide Squad or buy No Man's Sky instead than give thought to where you money is going. That's boring! You'd rather continue in unconscious consumerism. To be fair, it's not exactly your … [Read more...]

Neoliberalism – Continued

The other day, I wrote an article on neoliberalism. Oh boy, I can see you trembling in excitement! Calm down, calm down, I know that you're waiting on the edge of your seat to hear more on the topic of neoliberalism. Or, if not, read something else. Anyways... I got inspired about the dark side of neoliberalism via watching a video that dissected the latest season of South Park and how it had a biting commentary on the rise of PC culture, gentrification, and "conscious" capitalism with … [Read more...]

Neoliberalism – Some Thoughts

As I begin writing this, I have little idea of how to put this together coherently, but thinking about neoliberalism has given me plenty of food for thought. Recently, I came across this brilliant video about how the most recent season of South Park has been an incredible deconstruction and satire on neoliberalism. The video explains how South Park has broken down the PC culture, gentrification, and advertisements to show how neoliberalism really is when we pull back the curtain. To be … [Read more...]

Artists Revisiting Work

After listening to a podcast, I got inspired to write about the idea of artists revisiting work. This came from listening to Revision History by Malcolm Gladwell. In this episode, Malcolm talks about a song by Elvis Costello, called "The Deportees Club". A huge Elvis Costello fan, Malcolm Gladwell was disappointed with the album when it was released, and hated the original version of the song. Years later, he would hear a reworked version of the song, which is below. This version of the … [Read more...]