Monday, 6 February 2012

When Boris Johnson denounced Britain's wealth creators

"Britain won’t create a Facebook until we learn to praise success" roars the headline to Boris Johnson's latest (£250,000) Telegraph column:

"It is not as though we lack potential Zuckerbergs. Our universities are pullulating with brilliant young men in T-shirts who like playing Call of Duty and have slight difficulties with girls. We are fantastically fecund at coming up with new games and new apps. The very concept of the World Wide Web was devised by London-born Sir Tim Berners-Lee. So why isn’t there a British Facebook? Why aren’t these billions about to explode into the pockets of people in this country?"

Yes why haven't our "brilliant young men" yet reproduced the success of Facebook?

Why has our video game industry, the one area of the computer industry we excel in, not fulfilled it's potential?

Could it have anything to do with the total lack of support, and even condemnation it has received from the UK establishment?

The same establishment, one member of which has repeatedly told people to er, smash its products:

"It is time to garrotte the Game Boy and paralyse the PlayStation, and it is about time, as a society, that we admitted the catastrophic effect these blasted gizmos are having on the literacy and the prospects of young males... Summon up all your strength, all your courage. Steel yourself for the screams and yank out that plug. And if they still kick up a fuss, then get out the sledgehammer and strike a blow for literacy."

But surely Boris must have at least realised their wealth creating potential? 

"what we fail to grasp is that these possessions are not so much an index of wealth as a cause of ignorance and underachievement and, yes, poverty."

Perhaps not then. 

4 comments:

Richard said...

And lets not forget that the World Wide Web was developed with public money from the US Department of Defence.

Jeramy said...

So why isn’t there a British Facebook?

Thats the most ridiculous statement , it's nothing to do with the US establishment, it was more based on luck and timing of Zuckerberg. There where many, if not thousands Facebook clones before 2005, its just he managed to be in the right place at the right time, nothing more. Also to add, Facebook trumped MySpace for one simple reason, clean design and a unobtrusive interface.

AdamB said...

Bloody socialists

Jeramy said...

Wooo coming from a 'journalist' who clearly wants to gain money from his opinion, so what part of that opinion is bias towards your pocket? Lazy journalism is your blind creed, clearly by your previous statement.

But its clear that Zuckerberg had more help then just financial capital here!