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Desmond Shang

Even though inequality is a very fashionable topic these days, not everything is about inequality.

Sure, technology can make poor people somewhat happier, a sort of opiate of the masses. But other things have fulfilled that role throughout history. There have always been tactics to distract the poor, rather than address real issues. A while back, yes even before the 1990's, someone else had this to say on the matter:

Iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli / uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim / imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se / continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, / panem et circenses.

Technology can make rich people happier, as well. Virtual landscapes have long been a refuge for the notoriously wealthy, and in some cases the last frontier of any semblance of a normal life. A place to be loved just for who they are, honestly and genuinely, rather than wealth or celebrity.

Which scenario is more dystopian? Does it matter?

The virtual is just one more dimension of the human social arena. Everyone, rich or poor, generally likes their social connections. This should not be surprising.

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On a more personal note, retirement from virtual endeavours has been more fulfilling than access to any amount of 'virtual stuff.' It has been well more than enough to just show up and say hello once in a while.

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