Simon Jenkins, writing in the Times of London, absolutely nails it (h/t: Bill Bishop):
Futurology seminars have long been obsessed with one question: what next after the
internet? The answer is always the same, a new electronic gizmo. …
Since the invention of the telegraph and gramophone,
innovation is interested only in kit that yields profit. What is becoming plain,
even under the strains of recession, is that the futurologistâ€™s answer should
lie in the realm not of electronics but of reality. It is in reality television,
reality politics, reality entertainment and sport, the immediate, the active,
the present, the live.
The phenomenon is near-universal. People do not want to spend their spare time in
front of the same screens at which they increasingly work. They want to â€śgo
What is happening is a reversal of history. Artists can no longer sell the products
of their genius because the internet supplies it virtually for free. What can be
sold is that genius in the flesh.
The whole story is here.
Experiences matter. Authentic experiences, especially. Cities can provide them, and those that do so gain an edge. All part and parcel of the shift to the creative economy and society. We’re tracking the transformation of the popular music and entertainment industries in one of our big, focal projects at the MPI. More to come.