infrstructure

the internet is so weird because like where does it come from? like what controls how much internet we use? like i know it’s all money and companies put prices on each gigabyte to make money but like is there a shortage of gigabytes like is it a natural resource???? no!! like what is the internet?!?! who and what owns it and where does it come from omg like you know how you gotta pay for food and stuff bc it has to be grown and made and transported and all that well like wtf happens with internet like there is an unlimited supply of internet that somehow companies tap into and make people charge for it like???? i dont get the internet where is this supply of gigabytes coming from like is there an internet data dam or well that they have to extract the gigabytes from somewhere at the top of some mountain like wtf companies are taking an imaginary invisible thing and charging money for it im so confused. do u understand what i mean?? like i’ll ask someone and they’ll be like yea the internet companies own it and im like no i mean BEFORE THAT like where do they get it from who are they getting it from 

edit: ok after ur explanations i understand it now but can u see where i was coming from hahah 

the private eye: death of an american institution

people seem to think that being a private investigator is a really glamorous job because they saw a humphrey bogart movie once but i’ve been researching this for a few months for thesis work school bullshit and that shit stopped forty years ago. the years around ww2 and the cold war fuelled a climate of general intrigue (envision a “cosmic background radiation” of the world’s collective state of mind during this ~25 year long span of war/potential nuclear war) and the private eye developed in this context and it really was just like the movies for two and half decades. top class manufacturing concerns awash with constant cash infusions from government arms contracts were able to pay top dollar for the services of a true high-quality private investigator. common tasks included but were not limited to surveillance of workers (1950s red scare), clandestine murder of union personnel, and theft of competitor’s trade secrets. a stereotypical private eye in the 1940s was white, in his mid-forties, and a veteran of world war one. he probably served as an officer and/or served in a special forces unit. at the start of world war two the average private eye was:

-too old to fight in the war

-not old enough to retire from the workforce

-too skilled to be a cop

-divorced/widowed (nothing to live for)

-immune to the early mind control drugs used to produce “real spies”.

these factors gave rise to a system where a team of two or three men would work out of an office in a building as they planned demanding espionage and murder plots without having to worry about legal issues thanks to bribes and intimidation, as well as a belief my most law enforcement officials at all levels of government that such a system was necessary at the time. independent detectives offered their services to the public but only the richest could afford such services. however, the most interesting mysteries brought forth by the general public could be taken on pro bono as chosen by an elder member of the team. the newest members of the team usually worked such cases under the guidance of an elder.

this establishment peaked during the years of 1938 through 1959 before going into a steady decline that lasted until the sudden collapse of the institution as a whole in 1971. the decline was brought on by these factors occurring, sometimes at the same time:

-enormously successful campaign against the labor movement, fewer jobs to do

-agreements by companies to share information, less corporate espionage

-death of first generation of investigators, solid roots not laid

-higher taxes on the rich, two waves (eisenhower infrastructure projects and nixon’s expansion of the moon program), systemically less money to spend on rich people mysteries

-potential candidates killed during world war two/korean war

-potential candidates picking mercenary work in vietnam

these factors bled the industry dry of talent, setting the stage for the occupation to collapse and fade into obscurity. this brain drain resulted in a less-experienced workforce unable to reliably complete the few high-paying jobs left, which were now being carried out by a new generation of special forces veterans who perfected their craft in vietnam. remaining private investigators usually became part of the expansion of the police state, while those that stayed in the business were finally ground out of the marketplace by the scooby-doo copycat mania that swept the nation during the years of 1970 and 1971. the subpar private detective workforce was unable to compete against the waves of disillusioned youth willing to pile in the van and solve any mystery in the world for a quick hundred dollars plus gas money, and no one was willing to commit themselves to a dead career field. the 2010 census indicates roughly 750 private investigators still work in the united states, a number which represents the disappearance of an industry that employed more than 13,000 people during world war two alone.