Sunday, January 20, 2008

Place Doth Matter... Still, II

The following is from Tim Hartford who authored The Logic of Life which I will be reviewing shortly. Hat tip to Creative Classroom for the pointer.
The premise of his post is that geography does, indeed, matter.
Hartford writes:

'As a columnist (which is fancy for "journalist in jammies"), I ought to personify the conventional wisdom that distance is dead: All I need to get my work done is a place to perch and a Wi-Fi signal. But if that's true, why do I still live in London, the second-most expensive city in the world? If distance really didn't matter, rents in places like London, New York, Bangalore, and Shanghai would be converging with those in Hitchcock County, Nebraska (population 2,926 and falling). ... If geography has died, nobody bothered to tell Hitchcock County ... Technology makes it more fun and more profitable to live and work close to the people who matter most to your life and work ... Paradoxically, your cell phone, email, and Facebook networks are making it more attractive to meet people in the flesh.'

2 comments:

dave said...

location, location, location.
it's not important only to the la crowd. good read.

Becca said...

Have you read Hartford's latest?