If you haven’t read Cory Doctorow’s Makers you should.
A couple years after reading it I’m reminded of it daily. The march of technology, culture, business, education towards a future in which large organizations simply can’t withstand the tide of individual creators creating on a small scale and networking upwards.
creative destruction, as it were, little tiny piece by piece. all on the backs and hands of people who probably wont make a fortune on these creations. They will get by enough.
I don’t know if it turns out that everyone gets what they need and this is the new economy capable of supporting 300+ million people. It is the new culture. and maybe we’ll do with less. or we’re have a larger and larger income gap.
artisans, craftmakers, app developers, youtube stars, self employed…
then again, we need infrastructure. roads, info networks, cellular towers. can a world of makers fully exist on top of a large commercial infrastructure? the network is the thing and the network is still owned by huge, controlled, controlling organizations. The pipes and search engines and the social networks, owned by perhaps 10-15 organizations.
Perhaps the rise of 3d printing will make it so that eventually makers can print the necessary network at a scale that removes the requirement of these big infrastructures.
hard to sort out.
i’m too busy making.