: Once upon a time, back in the 19th century, industrial production was skyrocketing. All sorts of new products were being put on the market, and were greedily gobbled up by an excited public, eager to leave the mundane and dreary existance of the farms for the opportunities that the new, growing cities offered.
How terrible for everyone concerned!
: Now, I might have a symphony on a disk that costs less than two dollars to make (Indeed ... I can have it on the 'Net, for free). I may spend my days playing games, that fabricate a virtual envoronment for me to lose myself in. I may be educated, not inside a huge marble ediface, harkening to the words of a professor in the flesh, but in my home, with my VCR as instructor. And so forth.
Good examples of how those evil money grubbers have done more to make more available to 'the masses' than any number of sisters of mercy, politicians and their philosophical supporters have ever done.
You can listen to a symphony on a CD for a few dollars because greedy people thought the idiot consumers would be suckers for home entertainment systems and could be brainwashed into being ripped off to the tune of a few dollars to enjoy music again and again when once only the privilaged using contacts and pull could hear such once in a while from a *paid* orchestra.
Get the 'irony' of how they ruined us poor peoples lives?