Sunday, August 16, 2020

Life in 2020 AB - after bandwidth

This was a long but really interesting read from a guy who loves New York City but doesn't think it's coming back: "NYC is dead's why."  Hat tip: Instapundit.  

His argument is that all the things that make the Big Apple special - business, culture, colleges and restaurants - are either closed down or subverted by the availability of high-bandwidth access.  For example, businesses are discovering they can get work done with remote workers on Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  Why would they rent out the Time/Life building at extraordinary rents to pay commuting workers?

Speaking as somebody who has worked in fiber optics his entire career: you're welcome, America.


Anonymous said...

Mark Harris: "I miss the days when every old guy who moved to Florida didn't turn it into a trend piece."

President DeBlasio said...

A city that was sure of itself wouldn't need protection against "trend pieces".

I could paint a giant message on Fifth Avenue and not lose a vote said...

You confuse abject fear of trend pieces with dismissive mockery of trend pieces.

Also, what in the bloody blue hell is "protection against trend pieces"?

President DeBlasio said...

Okay, then. A city that was sure of itself wouldn't waste its time mocking "trend pieces".

Understand now?

Joaquin Phoenix said...

Mark Harris is a city?

You may be confusing him with George Washington or Orlando Bloom.

Wow, you're dumb.

President DeBlasio said...

Your attempts to gain a foothold in your hopeless position almost make me feel guilty. But I'll get over it.

Parents just can't raise a kid anymore in Mark Harris. said...

Mark Harris is not a city.

Understand now?

President DeBlasio said...

The shattering of your world by a pedestrian "trend piece" is very understandable, yes.

And it's fun watching you try to put the pieces back together.

♬ ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ Hot town, summer in Mark Harris ♩ ♪ ♩ ♪ ♫ said...

Understand now?

NARRATOR: He doesn't understand now.

We need to send in federal troops, to stop the anarchy in Democrat-run Mark Harris. (His name was literally the first words of the first post. Understand now?)

NARRATOR: He doesn't understand now.

President DeBlasio said...

Oh yes, it's quite fun to watch!

I'm particularly pleased by how stung you were by my "Understand now?". I knew it was good, but I didn't know it would set up a whole production factory inside your head, rent free.

Pieces, pieces everywhere.

♪ ♩ Awwww... wham bam, thank you ma'am! Suffragette Mark Harris! ♫ ♪ ♫ said...

NARRATOR: It wasn't fun for him to watch. Even his powerfully original "rent-free in your head" line didn't make him feel any better about his person/city mistake, or his subsequent scurrying.

Yadda yadda said...

Jerry Seinfeld just mocked the crap out of the "New York is dead forever" man-baby.

"The true greatness that is New York City is beyond rare. It’s unknown. Unknown anyplace outside of New York City."

"The last thing we need in the thick of so many challenges is some putz on LinkedIn wailing and whimpering, 'Everyone’s gone! I want 2019 back!'"

"This stupid virus will give up eventually. The same way you have."

"Wipe your tears, wipe your butt, and pull it together."

"We're going to keep going with New York City if that's all right with you."