I'm grateful that Twitter has put little notes of concern on tweets that may not be telling the truth. Well, some tweets. Well, a few tweets. Well, a few tweets from famous people. Well, a few tweets from some famous people.
I'm grateful that we've found a way to have business meetings in bed. Well, from bed. At the very least, from our bedrooms. This has been the lifelong dream of many a tech executive who wakes up on a Wednesday, believes it to be a Monday and can't remember what they did on Sunday. Or on Tuesday.
I'm grateful that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk managed to make a lot more money during the pandemic. Otherwise, the people whose prime interest lies in keeping track of who's the world's most obscenely rich person today, this minute, right now, would be very upset.
I'm grateful that quite a few people have come out and expressed their newfound skepticism about science. There's nothing worse than lulling yourself into believing you're the world's cleverest nation. Some might think Silicon Valley has contributed to that impression.
I'm grateful that calling for a beheading -- especially if it's the beheading of someone trying to save lives -- is still OK on Facebook. No, not because it's hard to call for a beheading and give enough people the heads-up about your wishes. Instead, I'm merely grateful that Facebook, despite all its attempts to pose differently, resolutely remains Facebook.
But most of all, I'm grateful for all the people who don't have the luxury -- or, at least, safety -- of working from home. They're risking their health and even their lives so that everyone else can survive in comfort.
I'm talking about those in Amazon warehouses toiling daily for relatively meager wages in difficult conditions, just so we can have our draught excluders and shaving cream delivered to our door. Those delivering burgers, fries, and pizzas for highly questionable companies such as DoorDash. Those working in supermarkets, kitchens, transportation, hospitals and so many other essential businesses. Those without whom the tech industry would be able to do much, much less.
Oddly, these are the very people so many in tech want to replace with robots. How's that for gratitude? Let's hope the tech industry finds new ways to give them more fulfilling jobs.
May your Thanksgiving be safe and peaceful. With, hopefully, a little love thrown in.