"Marvels for the rich ... privation for the worker" -Karl Marx
Steven Levy, in his book The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness, remarks upon the unexpected and remarkable impacts that the iPod has had upon American society. In addition to geeking-out over the iPod's perfection, detailing the means of its creation, release, and overwhelmingly positive reception, Levy also described a criminal response to the much-desired gadget: iPod theft.
"iPod oblivion" is what cops labeled the state of mind leaving iPod users vulnerable to attack and theft. While some of these crimes were aimed at obtaining a persons' money, others were perpetrated merely to obtain the sexy mp3 player itself. The father of Chris Rose, who was stabbed to death in an iPod theft crime, stated: "We have the technology that can give us the iPod and everthing else, but...we have to work on the minds and the hearts."
Karl Marx would disagree.
Marx, the oft-discredited socioeconomic theorist wrote: "To change society you must change the material being of society," not the other way around. In other words, iPods don't cause theft, worker wage-level inequality causes theft. Of the nearly 300 million Americans today, 70 million have iPods, 35 million live below the poverty line, and 47 million don't have healthcare. But while many are coping with their sub-standard lifestyles with seeming acceptance, a music-listening device is enough to spur people to action! Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather know how I'll pay next month's rent than listen to some sweet-ass tunes on the go. It's sad that getting crucial problems taken care of never seems as important as obtaining the next big thing.