Joe Bageant: A Feral Dog Howls in Harvard Yard
"But even when the last Toyota Prius is forever moldering in the globally warmed deserts of Minneapolis, we proles will not be totally unprofitable creatures. Yesterday I read a gem of an economic paper asserting that in the emerging information, amusement, service, and 'experience and attention economy,' it is vital that 'private business capture ownership and control of the public's knowledge and its attending rent streams.' Apparently it's not bad enough that we become a third rate gulag of impoverished nitwits. They are going to charge us for the privilege."