The second half of the last decade was unquestionably the heyday of gizmocracy — rule by gizmocrats. Not technocrats, mind you. But gizmo-crats. Technocrats are the Robert McNamaras, the IBM white shirt and black tie types, the big urban planners. Gizmocrats are another breed entirely, like Marc Andreessen, the dudes who invented the Palm Pilot, and those over-educated, furry-chinned web designers who create all the bells and whistles on web sites (Talking Points actually spent a couple years in grad school as one of those). In other words, a new ruling class of people who create things we really don’t need but are just a whole lot of fun to have.
In any case, following up on the last post, the consensus seems to be that the two things which might be helpful to have on TPM are a search function and a printer-friendly version (I’m glad this was the consensus because all the other ideas seemed lame to me). And now that the dot.com economy has gone bust, I’m thinking I can get my own gizmocrat at bargain-basement prices or perhaps for nothing at all through some TPM internship scam.