It is what it is. Regarding your speculation about damage control, that could also be correct. That said, I edited and put a question mark after the title (though there is no question mark on the Computer World article title).
For a combination of the two, I recommend the Bleeding Heart Libertarians website. The two are not mutually exclusive. It's not a tech-focused site like HN, but does address the topics you mention - a focus on solving problems facing communities and the under- priviledged.
Photoshop may be dead as a starting point, but not quite dead as an intermediate step for customized template design. A workflow that works today for quick site turnaround in commercial web design is to screenshot a Wordpress or other CMS responsive template, bring that into Photoshop, drop in branding, color changes, and replace content to produce a comp for presentation to clients. It is still quicker to make design changes in this Photoshop intermediate phase. Once the design is signed off, it's fairly easy to customize the CSS in the original template and arrive at a branded site the client is happy with.
This idea that viral ideas are like cultural software running in society that result in real-world results (like cathedrals and other infrastructure) is a brilliant observation and I would suggest it applies similarly to other perhaps less viral ideas that grow into institutions, governments, and other social constructs. I'm not a sociologist or anthropologist but I would like to hear one of either provide input on this topic.
Are you saying a meme can result in real-world creations cathedrals and other infrastructure? I think I see what you're getting at in that they are related as far as cultural virality goes. However my understanding of a meme is a flash-in-the-pan viral idea that gets '15 minutes of internet fame' and then people forget about it.
> Speaking of income tax, can we get a discount for the days that the federal government is shut down?
The income tax doesn't go to fund the government.
Rather, debt spending is used to fund the government -- debt that your unborn children are saddled with -- and then the income tax revenues extracted from their labor is what's used to cover the interest payments on that debt.
Interestingly, the Federal Reserve inflates about $85 billion per month, which works out to about a trillion dollars per year. (And that money is created as debt, which we owe back plus interest.)
So if we were able to trim the fat and reduce the Federal Budget to that amount, then we could fund the entire Federal Government simply by continuing to print $85 billion per month. (Which would not require any new debt, and which would not require any income tax, and would not require saddling future generations with interest payments on their own money.)
So instead of asking about getting a "discount" on our income tax, we should be asking about eliminating the income tax entirely, reducing government spending to sustainable levels, and eliminating creation of money through debt.