I had noticed I had to correct Wyomingians about three times to get things right once. My dentist rescheduled my appointment three times. I had to call the landlord three times to get the water heater fixed. I had to call suppliers, clients, and co-workers at my job three times before getting the information I needed. And if it only took you twice to get what you needed from a Wyomingian that person likely graduated valedictorian from their local high school. This is what I would term "The Wyoming 3" as it would take you three times to get anything done.
The incredibly damaging problem with "The Wyomining 3" is that it takes three times the resources and labor to get one task done no matter how grandiose or small. And when leveraged across the state as a whole, you realize people are wasting three times the amount of time, money, and labor, that could (in theory) go to boost economic production (and the wealth of Wyomingians) by three fold. Admittedly, this was not some key to economic success. All people all across the world need to ask the same question for clarification. All people all across the world are going to goof up from time to time. But what I was seeing was arguably the main difference between a first and second world economy/country - dumb people making dumb mistakes repeatedly, thus taking twice/thrice the amount of time and economic resources to get the same amount of economic production at every level of human interaction (you know, like majoring in the liberal arts, only to have to spend the time and money to major in something worthwhile the second time).
It's been nearly 10 years since I lived in Wyoming, but unfortunately over those 10 years I have seen the "Wyoming 3" phenomenon spread to the regular population. Wives ask their husbands a variant of a question three times, hoping to get the answer they want, when the answer remains the same. Students are going back to college for master's degrees, worthless second bachelor degrees, or participating in some kind of "essential oils" MLM scheme to make a living (instead of learning to code). Yes, now nearly everybody has to give the Sandwich Artist their order three times whether you're in Casper or Chattanooga. And people are looking at their cell phones at red lights, failing to notice when the light turns green, delaying the rest of us at three times the rate. And so, slowly, but surely our economic growth slows down, our entire economy slows down, and we descend from a first world nation to a high-level second world nation.
But the costs of the "Wyoming 3" does not stop there. Matter of fact, it has spread to what is the largest-fastest growing sector of our economy - technology. Specifically, social media and big tech platforms. And as the "Wyoming 3" infects "big tech" it severely limits our future potential economic growth. And the way it does this is in two innocuous but incredibly damaging ways
1 - Clicking the mouse, and
2 - Censorship
Joke as I might, there is more than a seed of truth to the statement that "all we're going to do in the future is log in and click mice." As the economy has become more automated and focused on social media/digital entertainment and higher and higher percentage of our time is merely spend logging in and clicking mice. Yes, there will still be trades. And yes, there will always be the wait/service industry. But if you are a white collar person an increasing percent of your labor will really boil down to logging into various accounts and clicking mice.
But what has happened because of stupidity is the number of accounts you need online to work or conduct life, the number of "usernames and passcodes" you need to remember, and the number of times you need to "log in" has increased exponentially lessening the amount of work you actually can get done. Worse, when you throw in the infernal and incessant number of times you need to unnecessarily click on items to get to where you need to go, today's productivity has tanked and future productivity will be further restrained. These "unnecessary items" can be anything from pop up windows, to clicking on "yes I accept your fucking cookies," to every damn company posting an unnecessary "We're here for you during COVID 19," to "no, I don't want to take your fucking survey." They may seem small and innocuous at the time, but overtime they add up to a significant economic loss, because some stupid person infected with "The Wyoming 3" needed to let you know what they're doing to help fight off COVID 19 or was trying to fix something that was not broken.
Without boring you with a long and sordid economic explanation, as we automate more and more things in the economy, a bifurcation of the labor force will occur. You will have people who maintain the automated economy (programmers, engineers, mechanics) and essentially a service industry class that provides human services to the population that robots can't (wait staff, manicurists, hair dressers, therapists, surgeons etc.). But among this service economy, the largest segment of it will inevitably be entertainers. Entertainers employed through social media. This only makes sense as with cars, food, housing, and computers being made by AI/robots, there will be less demand for skilled manual labor, but with all this extra free time people will both produce and consume increasing amounts of social media, finding both employment and entertainment in social media (which has already happened).
Though it might be a stretch in many people's mind that social media and online entertainment will be a large and growing sector of the future economy, I predict it will. And thus anything to limit that production will cut into future potential GDP growth. Things like...oh...I don't know...incessantly having to click on "Yes, I accept your fucking cookies" and maybe.....censorship? And as big tech limits who and what can create what on their platforms, we are going to seriously limit the future economic potential of the world.
Allow me to tell you a story.
I run a fun little podcast called "Good Morning Coronachan" in addition to other podcasts I produce. It received a significant and loyal following that I decided I would start offering merchandise with the logo on it (coffee mugs, t-shirts, etc.). I then went to RedBubble (which I STRONGLY advise you don't) as they were highly rated as one of the best "print on demand" merch sites. I set up an account, logged in with my username and password, uploaded a logo, and hit publish. Everything seemed to be going fine. I even had a couple of sales within the first 24 hours.
That was until RedBubble decided my image violated the TOS and took it down.
This was confusing to me because the image was neither pornographic nor rated R. It was not political or controversial. I even marked it as "mature" since it was a pinup girl in a risque outfit. But like any other image, photo, video or podcast taken down by "big tech" there was no reason it was taken down other than some Karen, some censor, some prick didn't like it and decided to take it down. And thus something that was already generating economic production in a mere 24 hours of it being produced, was ended because Barren Karen in the Censor Department at RedBubble was infected by "The Wyoming 3."
Though a single anecdote, when you multiply this by the hundreds of millions of people that live in the US and the thousands of decisions they make every day, each Karen at Redbubble taking down an image, each censor at YouTube taking down a video, each Sandwich Artist in Wyoming throws a couple grains of sand into the economic engine of the US. And though no single individual censor brings the social media sector of the US economy to a screeching halt, a million cuts by a million Karens can kill this sector of the economy in due time. And thus the hour and a half I put into setting up a simple merch account that was wasted, will be wasted 10 million-fold as millions of future micro-entrepreneurs try to do the same.
When you combine these three things:
The Wyoming 3
The Eternal and Forever Unnecessary Clicking of the Mice
Big Tech Censorship
you make future economic growth practically impossible.
The general population is already too slow and too stupid to get things reliably done, the right way, on time. To get what things you can get done and produce an modicum of economic growth is further and forever hampered by companies and websites requiring you unnecessarily click on "logging out...are you sure you want to log out??? Are you really really really sure you want to log out?????" And should you be part of the growing social media sector of the economy, the literal army of censors, headed up by the Barren Karens of the world, are going to arbitrarily nix your creative contributions denying you employment, your audience entertainment, and the economy GDP.
It is already tough enough to support oneself in this world given the unnecessary hurdles society lays in front of us. And there's nothing that can be done about the incredible stupidity of your average American. But Big Tech can do the future economy of the world a huge favor by getting The Stick of Nazi-Censorship out of its ass and allowing people to be free to express themselves however they want. But something tells me the Barren Karens of the world need something to do with their Political Science degree, and that trumps the free choice and entertainment of the American public.
Oh well, Enjoy the Decline!
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