Useful connection   13/3/2012

The 21st Century’s version of hiring a lamplight carrier:

It’s called Homeless Hotspots and it involves turning homeless men on the streets of Austin into WiFi Internet hotspots; the men take donations from the public who can then access their hotspot.

As expected, there’s opposition from the so-called compassionate, caring class.

Time.com quotes SXSW attendee Anniina Jokinen as saying, “Anyone else find using homeless persons as ‘Homeless Hotspots’ at SXSWi disturbing, dehumanizing, offensive?”

Gawd, what would such a luvvie make of the dunny carters of my youth. Our nightman was said to have the fastest truck in town: It had 40 cylinders and flies.

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2 Comments for 'Useful connection'

  1.  
    Thomas the Tout
    13/3/2012 | 12:18 pm
     

    Seems to me that the man who operated the nightcart was a symbol of civilisation. If there was no nightcart, imagine how foul the town would become. The nightman in our town was usually given a clear path – partly out of respect, and partly to avoid fumes and vapours.
    But I cannot see Anniina Jokinen as a nightman
    My computer tells me that ‘nightcart’ is a mis-spelling – but perhaps few people know about nightmen and nightsoil.

  2.  
    graboy
    13/3/2012 | 7:56 pm
     

    40 Piss-tins and flies perhaps Slats?

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