Does the Internet Have Any Compassion?

May 28th, 2009   •   no comments   
Music Store Puts in Question: Compassion in Commerce

“More Compassionate than the Internet” Reads Their Home-made Sign

Last Friday, as I was leaving a coffee meeting with a new business acquaintance, I was broadsided by the most simple, and perhaps clever, form of advertising: the sidewalk sandwich board.

Now, I’m left wondering: does the Internet have any compassion? Any at all? This blog entry, representative of more than a few minutes of my time (I have the hardest time getting pictures into these posts): will it get noticed? Will I get a response? Is it “monetizable?”

I think the music store with its board is making a point: the Internet is impersonal, uncaring. Unless one has an “inside guy,” most of these sites are unapproachable. I thought it was a stroke of genius when PayPal got “Customer Service Reps.”

The interesting piece of study for me is that the Internet, as a tool, as a device, is moving so swiftly forward that the inertia pulls up seeming neanderthals, like me, in the wind of its wake. Like a bullet train whisking me along; it’s anything but friendly. Scary is more like it. Wild.

I love movies and, often, I’m educated by them and given lines that I like to share in conversation. This one comes from “Jurassic Park” when Jeff Goldblum’s character, a Chaos Theory scientist, soberly states to John Hammond, the flea circus pioneer cum dinosaur cloner: You were so busy asking “could you” that you never thought to ask “should you.” Reminds of large bank bailouts, too.

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