tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and
2007 has just now created a new opportunity for travel:
financial-disaster tourism. The credit wasn’t just money, it was
temptation. It offered entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of
their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. Entire
countries were told, “The lights are out, you can do whatever you want
to do and no one will ever know.” What they wanted to do with money in
the dark varied. Americans wanted to own homes far larger than they
could afford, and to allow the strong to exploit the weak. Icelanders
wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers, and to allow their
alpha males to reveal a theretofore suppressed megalomania. The Germans
wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.
All these different societies were touched by the same event, but each
responded to it in its own peculiar way."
And what did we learn the English wanted? When the lights went off, we spent our unearned largesse on creating a new aristocracy, chosen almost as arbitrarily as the one we spent the last 1000 years laboriously getting rid of - a bunch of bankers who happened to be in the right place at the right time and were cheerfully handed all of the spare money, enough to last them for generations. Almost nowhere was there an odder or less publicly useful response, and yet like the Irish, the Icelanders and the Americans it seems to sit comfortably with the very nature of Englishness.
Inc...allows consumers and corporate
users to send email and instant messages that can't be forwarded, saved
or printed and leave no electronic record after they are read". But take-up is slow and paying customers are numbered only in the thousands. Says WSJ (which incidentally has a really neat new feature so that if you copy a block of text off their site it automatially includes a thing saying "read more at..." with a hyperlink. Smart, guys, very smart).
begs the question (amongst others) - what about a basic screen capture?
What, indeed, about simply taking a photograph of the damned screen?
Sending an email that leaves no trace is a moronic ambition in the first
place and unacheivable in the second - if you want to have a
conversation off the record so that you can deny it later, sit down, with just one other guy, and tell them what you want them to hear. Keep doing it, one guy at a time, until they've all heard it. Sure it takes longer, but this is conspiracy 101 folks.
The challenge here isn't that people are too dumb to know they need to buy this thing for a few dollars a month - it's that they're not dumb enough to imagine they do when the workarounds are obvious and trivial and the real solution otherwise.