Stark Staring Bonkers

Via, this.

It\’s possible that over time, an energy tax, by making some computers, Web sites, blogs and perhaps cable TV channels too costly to maintain, could reduce the supply of information. If Americans are finally giving up SUVs because of high oil prices, might we not eventually do the same with some information technologies that only seem to fragment our society, not unite it? A reduced supply of information technology might at least gradually cause us to gravitate toward community-centered media such as local newspapers instead of the hyper-individualistic outlets we have now.

No, really. She\’s arguing that we should have high energy taxes so as to reduce the amount of information available to us.

How in buggery bollocks did this get published in a newspaper….erm, well, come to think of it….

6 thoughts on “Stark Staring Bonkers”

  1. Anyone know the energy cost of producing a newspaper (including paper production, printing, distribution) compared to reading the same thing electronically?

  2. “community-centred media ” i.e. controllable.

    Mustn’t let the sheep have too much information, and certainly not about what’s really going on – they might begin thinking for themselves.

  3. This is also to ignore the fact that a computer going full blast is consuming about 0.5 horsepower.

    Bah! It’s not a real computer unless you need the electricity company to install a new substation to power it 🙂

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