I know we are in an "information economy," but that does not mean that we can all make a living by sending each other Seinfeldian messages about nothing. Information, to really mean anything, must be about something, such as making things or developing energy resources.
Thus it is disturbing to see Congress moving to "eliminate
major recreation and restrict new oil and gas leasing, logging, mining,
and all other business activity" in millions of acres.
Let's see -- we don't want to make anything anymore (ooh, manufacturing is so yucky!), we refuse to use our energy resources, the Asians are laughing at our once-proud financial services firms, our food production is diverted into biofuels that take more energy to produce than they return, and now we do not even want to allow people to use pseudo-wild areas for recreation.
So our lives are to consist of sending each other twitter messages about what we are not doing? I am trapped in a Russian novel -- "Oblomov (1859) . . . relate[s] the story of a man who, deep down, never really wants to get out of bed."