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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Peak Horse

Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy

Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake




- Jonathan Haskel, Stian Westlake, Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy (2017)

The steel horse was to replace
the real one, but it turned out
'peak horse' was about 1910,
which had to be about the time
of peak railway passengers.
I suppose people were traveling
more, but the railway'd only go
to the station. Some futurists
envisioned what would now be
public transit within cities,
but that seldom happened. It was the car that brought down the horse.

The analogy is that although the internet was to be the 'death of distance,' more than ever people are fighting for the privilege to pay high rents to live right next to lots of other people paying high rents. The net allows you to do preliminary sorting and getting to know others, but dosen't replace the real life interview in the end. The last few miles.

In The Big Bang Theory, the train-loving introverted main character takes time off to travel. And the joke is, in each city he never left the train station. I suppose people like me who spend most of our time online are a bit that way. But in our defense, train tickets are cheaper than horses.