I'd guess this runs true for most ( if not all ) countries, but I'll mostly familiar with America, so I'll stick with that. There is a sport called football which is largely controlled by the NFL corporation. They took in about $13b in 2016. Not too shabby, right? As a part of that world, are millions of pieces of data that general fans and fantasy football players analyze, memorize, obsess over, converse over, etc. Of course there is a division inside the NFL dedicated to organizing all of that information so that the stats websites, fantasy football world, gambling locations and more can all keep in sync with accurate data at all times. At any time of day, there are thousands of people going over these details on websites, sports-news shows, phone apps, etc. Every which way to twist and turn these numbers so that the past can be understood, the future outcomes can be narrowed down, and profits can be made or bar sports arguments can be won. This is an industry revolving around people watching other people work. It doesn't pave the roads, heal your wounds, clean your water, educate your children... nothing. Yet the obsession level is staggering. Of course, that obsession merely revolves around the sport and players themselves, not how the industry affects the cities and areas these games play in. Or the lives broken because of it. America has a 2017 tax/fee revenue an approximated overall $6.56 trillion, with federal $3.46 trillion; state $1.74 trillion; local $1.36 trillion. And spends most of that or more yearly to keep our gears from grinding to a halt. Now with that much money, you can be assured there are pieces and bits that are wasting money ( intentionally or not ). Parts that should be removed or shrank, others that should be expanded or modified. And these things affect every citizen for their entire life. 326 million people that are affected in one way or another by every penny spent out of that federal budget, let alone their part of the state/local budget. But are millions of people scouring over those numbers every day? Are those details broken down to the finest possible level and reorganized into thousands of different styled charts and projections with hourly articles being written about different potential outcomes or weaknesses? Not so much. Even when our government is in the works of changing something as crucial as our healthcare budget and rules, all we really know about are the headlines. The details are sometimes even hidden! And even when they aren't, there aren't thousands or millions of people obsessing over the details in their spare time. Very little effort spent into organizing the details to be more digestible for the casual masses. Yet when things go wrong and are too late, the headlines scream about "our" outrage from imminent or existing problems. Shouldn't we live in a world where it is more impressive to know the details of how the world/country/state/city we live in is run, rather than how many yards some stranger ran? Or what would happen to your life if one of the many bills being passed is going to affect what happens the next time your sick or loopholes that banks could find to cause a depression/recession again. This really comes down to a simple supply/demand macro economics 101 issue. If people want to see these things... spend their times on it.. then that's what companies/individuals/startups will work on. If millions of people a month/year wanted to search through details of what truly affects our life, then people would be able to make a living by providing that data and creating more and more ways for it to be consumed. Demand is what drives innovation. Energy needs drives giant industries of oil and solar and wind. Transportation needs drives the massive personal vehicles, public ground transit, and airline industries. Entertainment and sports news are giant self perpetuating industries driven by people wanting to know more and more details even slightly related to something they do as a pass-time. Would you be more proud of your child for knowing all the games that a certain sports figure had played/won? Or if they could tell you about a flaw in your city budget/legislation they found? Or which between knowing all the details about some actors private life, compared to how they would change a proposed law that hurts the environment?
By: Gareth