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Kumquat's thought for the day [Feb. 7th, 2010|10:54 am]
Douglas Spencer
Quoting thekumquat:
    When I was young, stuff was expensive and we didn't have much of it so saved as much as possible. Even so, there was plenty of space.

    Now, stuff is cheap and we have too much of it, plus all the stuff saved from when we were young, so we don't have any space left. So now space seems expensive.
Sounds like a good analysis.

[User Picture]From: quercus
2010-02-07 11:42 am (UTC)
We were talking about this just yesterday, in relation to car crime. There's very little that's left in a car that's worth stealing these days: everyone already has a radio, CDs are worthless, phones are turning into the, "Get an upgrade before I mug you next time, kid" joke.

So crime turns from theft to fraud. Identity theft & impersonation, eBay fraud, duck housing. None of these are about theft of physical goods any more - even if handbags are stolen, it's as likely for their information content as the physical goods.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2010-02-07 11:54 am (UTC)
Incidentally I heard just recently that there is a national helpline for identity theft which will help combat the problem that many police forces don't see it as a priority crime for them.
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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2010-02-07 11:53 am (UTC)
Yes, this is fairly accurate.

A case in point is the decorating stuff I got from my Dad. It was saved because originally it was expensive but nowadays I could buy whatever I want and throw it away without even bothering to clean it. (At least I could).

There is an interesting technological parallel. Relatively speaking disk space was cheap and getting stuff from a network was hard and "expensive". So we stored lots and downloaded rarely. Nowadays it is the other way round. Yes disks are still cheap but the network is cheaper still. Why bothering storing stuff when we can just download it again? It is very hard to give up the electronic hoarding just as much as the real life habit.
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[User Picture]From: jon_a_five
2010-02-08 11:02 am (UTC)
My parents drilled into me the value of stuff as we didn't have much when I was a kid. And now I have loads of books, CDs, comics and other things. And it feels *good*. Like fat Elvis when he found he could afford all the burgers he never had as a poor kid :-)
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