Why do We Care About Moats as a Tech Jargon?
SO FAR everything about Silicon Valley and the tech startups was about disruption though many observers are already finding the claim hollow.
MOATS ARE ABOUT STABILITY. A marching army does not build moats. So far the tech industry has consisted of marching armies who went after every existing industry compelling them to defend and often vanish in the process. The marching armies plundered the victims and went further ahead with the booty to conquer more. Now, are they coming back home and digging moats around their castles? So, when moats become a tech jargon, do we need to think of a receding army who would prefer a conventional defense?
When revolutionaries become old, many times they become the purveyors of their old stock.
MOATS ARE A GREAT ORNAMENTATION. They give an aura to the castles. The tech castles have been frills-free so far. When they are building moats, are they beautifying their architecture into a spectacle? Less likely. While the distributed technologies like blockchain are in one way widening the spectacle that is technology, tech companies are known for their secretive nature. The moats they build are most likely to have some fancy visualizations but will have deadly piranhas inhabiting in them. So enjoy the spectacle from the distance, moats are not meant to be swimming pools.
MOATS ARE OFTEN ALSO SEWAGES. Do we also see a possible decline of the pomp and splendor we see around these modern technocapitalist castles when the architects of disruption are talking about protecting their kingdoms? Will it be a deep ditch of waste materials ejected from the body politic of disruption?