Friday, November 15, 2002

Spreading the word about the Century of Crap

I've had a few conversations in the past couple of days about the Century of Crap. In all of them, what has come out is that it's important to stress that the Century of Crap is something that we're all in together.

Here's an example. Where I work, we are looking at going to a different software tool to help us track our customers. The tool we have now is about 10 years old and has some quirks. It really could be a lot better. So what's happening? We're moving to a different tool that is based on 20-year-old technology. It doesn't have nearly the feature set of our current system and has an arcane (and archaic) interface. Yeah, it's pretty crappy.

But as my co-worker said, "I guess what we're being told is, yeah, this is crappy, but it's crap we all have to use. It's better to suffer together than to suffer alone."

A perfect example of the Century of Crap. "We're all in this together."

My rantings here would seem to a lot of people to be typical leftwing blather. Personally, I don't think of it that way, but you're entitled to your opinion. But the Century of Crap cuts left and right.

Conservatives have long championed smaller, less intrusive government. Yet we've got the Department of Homeland Security wanting to poke into your personal business, and we've got the Deparment of Education imposing a federalized testing scheme on local school districts. The first impinges on individualism and the second on "states rights" and "local control." Pretty crappy from a conservative point of view.

Here's a link to something that affects everyone. Well, almost everyone.

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