The recent pandemonium about the new and “improved” Facebook news feed structure and talk of other impending Facebook changes have made me once again wonder why. Why is energy being expended on developing new things that seem to serve no function?
Well, some have speculated that the Facebook changes have something to do with the new Google+. I have no idea what that means; I still have problems understanding Google Panda and what it has to do with my article earnings and why it is named after a cute animal when it supposedly relates to an algorithm.
But, the story about Facebook is so huge it has made it around news stations all around the globe. Meanwhile, we still can’t balance a budget, cannot feed the common people while tax payers shelled out 16 dollars a piece for muffins to feed politicians while they debate said problems, nor can we figure out where something is going to fall that we launched into space in the first place. And this is just the tiniest tip of a Titanic-size iceberg of idiosyncrasies I think of on a daily basis, and I am not even being paid to think.
I am not against progress, not at all. I know that without developing new ideas we would still be scribbling on cave walls. If we did not invent the wheel, then put several together and add spontaneous combustion, we would not have NASCAR after all. No, I am simply wondering about who makes the decisions of where to focus our energies as a collective consciousness and whom they will benefit in the end. I kind of have an answer in my head, but it does not satisfy me.