For the next several newsletters, we\u2019ll look at some of the social and political issues surrounding convergence. Today, we\u2019ll tackle the question of outsourcing a call center to an international site.As our readers will recall, we noted that call centers can now efficiently move offshore to take advantage of cheaper labor in a foreign country. For example, we\u2019ve observed that the starting wage for a call center attendant in India is about $125 per month. Following our observation in the call center series, one reader wrote us.He said, \u201cI don't really think that anybody understands the big issue of \u2018uncenters,\u2019 off-shore programming, etc. While $125\/month for a worker sounds like a deal\u2026. the employee in the U.S. that is displaced now is unemployed or working at some fast food joint for minimum wage. That means that they cancel their cell phone and cable, don't buy a new car, and can't buy new clothes.\u201dHe continues, \u201cEventually everybody, myself included, will be replaced offshore at a fraction of today's domestic cost. The bummer part of that is that there won't be anybody left to buy from Wal-Mart, McDonald's, or The Gap because customers won't be able to afford it. Without good-paying jobs locally\u2026 the U.S. economy is going to go down the tubes. I see one vision of the future; it disturbs me greatly.\u201dOur reader has a point, and we agree that this is something to be concerned about. Some will be quick to blame technology - like voice over IP - for causing the problem. But the solution is not found by running from technology. Rather, it\u2019s time to use that same technological innovation for solving our problems and restructuring our thinking. For instance, the same technology that\u2019s draining jobs is also capable of providing distance learning for retraining those displaced workers.We\u2019ll continue this discussion next time.