Monday, July 9, 2012

Should ICA activitists be paid?

I'm going to talk off the top of my head here about an idea that combines two trends I see. One is that jobs are being taken away by technology and people doing things much more cheaply or even free.  The other is that ICA creates amazing, useful product, but nobody gets compensated for making it.

So, is there some way for ICA activists to get compensated for their work, even when they do it voluntarily despite no compensation?  It's an question I have no answer for, but I think it may point to a monumental change in our economic system.  If people are doing things they like and want to do, and this activity enhances society, are these not the people we want to support?  If jobs are becoming scarce because of technological changes, isn't there some way to compensate people who are helping society, rather than forcing them into some job where they're uncomfortable and less committed?

Like I say, this is just a synapse going off in my head. I don't know where to go with it yet.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The media helps spread the word

ICA is powerful and all that, but boy can the media sure help.  My site on Lisa McPherson, who died at the hands of Scientology, generally has been getting about 75 hits per day.  After the news broke that Katie Holmes is splitting from Tom Cruise over Scientology, the hits have shot up to 4500 on the first day, and have been over 1200 per day since!  The media have stiff competition nowadays with bloggers, facebook, et al, but they can still pack a wallop.