In a market economy, innovations should benefit both the seller and the buyer if they are to take off. It is easier to see how much the customer gains from Gordon\’s earlier innovations than a Wii Fit, let alone Angry Birds.
That Mr. Chakrabortty cannot see the value to the consumer of WiFi or Angry Birds is irrelevant.
It is the consumer who decides for themselves what the value is to them of WiFi or Angry Birds.
At least, this is so in a market economy and it is also the reason that market economies work. People purchase what they perceive provides them with greater gains than whatever it is that they give up to obtain it.
Rather than, say, whatever value an historian scribbling for The Guardian thinks they should place upon such things.
You know, democratic valuations rather than Stalinist ones.