Comments: Feel the dark side of Intellectual Property Rights. You know you want to....

> One of the more common complaints among former Zynga employees is about
> Pincus' distaste for original game design and indifference to his
> company's applications, beyond their ability to make money. "The
> biggest problem I had with him was that he didn't know or care about
> the games being good -- the bottom line was the only concern," a former
> game designer says. "While I'm all for games making money, I like to
> think there's some quality there."

This goes to one of the most fundamental, fateful characteristics of a market economy: the way the numbers work, is that they reflect what other people want, and are willing to pay for (and have the money to pay for.) It does not allow people to draw down goods and services, in exchange for doing what we think is right, or wrong, or for God or anything else.

Leave aside for the moment, the large fraction of market demand that is unearned, resulting from money creation. The remaining portion of the market does operate as intended-- as a system of exchange between principle parties. It's tied to what somebody else wants.

Tragically, you can make more money selling addictive drugs or any of 10000 harmful things. That's the state of humanity. A state of ignorance, really. Trying to resist the truth is futile. Basically, humanity is in the process of collective suicide, destroying its biosphere in a totalitarian suicide economy. Anything that changes this trend will have to be undemocratic, since people are manifestly, voting for the extinction option with their money as well as their votes.

Posted by Todd at September 28, 2010 07:22 PM

@ Todd,

"Basically, humanity is in the process of collective suicide destroying its biosphere in a totalitarian suicide economy."

I have been aware of this since the early 1980's (yup I'm long in the tooth ;)

I used to ask people the following question,

'Is growing the economy by the destruction of non renewable resources a good idea?'

Back then those of my age or younger said "definatly not" while those older (pre baby boomer) said "absolutly". At the time I put it down to generational differences in awareness and security.

However as time has gone on it's still a case that those under 25 think it's a bad idea whilst those over 30 think it's a good idea...

So it appears the older you get the more selfish you get, or is it the specter of your own mortality and impending retirment or redundancy scaring people into anything that keeps their personal gravy train rolling into their cessation of work and dependence on the interest and capital of past savings...

Posted by Clive Robinson at October 10, 2010 12:53 PM
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