Still think it's stupid?
No one's selling a car here.
I'd gladly trade your "instant communications" (of mostly trivial garbage) for that. I walked to the library then, I can still do it now. I just don't understand why we accept diminishing returns for all these technologies except for a few people on top. Because they deserve it. Sure.
But I'm talking nonsense.
But instead we choose to continue with this outdated mentality of "40 hours a week for everyone" otherwise you're not a worthy human being.
So, what do you do with all these people? Well, you make them spend exorbitant amounts of time in meetings and generating data and reports to make them look productive.
We are squandering the most glorious time in history in terms of energy resources, technology and machinery in order to maintain a social order that comes from the caves.
Everyone is *so* productive in today's world! Oh my yes! That's why it takes two people working in a household today to barely maintain the lifestyle my single-income parents had 40 years ago!
We're so productive, but *what* are we producing and for *who*?
I used to work in an industrial park with a FAG outlet in it, with the company name in HUGE letters. I laughed every time I passed by. Yes, I'm immature...
Would you recommend a Porsche 911 for someone learning to drive just because you have 50 years experience driving and have fun in your Porsche? Fine if you can afford it, but how about a nice pair of socks and sneakers first? Then a bicycle? There's plenty of time for that new hobbyist to get into "analog fun", but that doesn't mean s\/he should throw away the other 50 years of progress in electronics that we are enjoying now.
I'm just being pragmatic and realistic.
If you're someone with 300$ to spend on starting out, that's either 1 so-so probably used scope and nothing else, or a used power supply, a basic multimeter and a soldering iron. With a bit more work, insistence and luck that 300$ is going to get some parts too.
What's better for the neophyte? Especially if they still have decades ahead of them to get into all the other nooks and crannies of electronics.