Buzz Machine’s Jeff Jarvis thinks so:
Internet curmudgeons argue that Google et al are bringing society to ruin precisely because they rob the creative class of its financial support and exclusivity: its pedestal. But internet triumphalists, like me, argue that the internet opens up creativity past one-size-fits-all mass measurements and priestly definitions and lets us not only find what we like but find people who like what we do. The internet kills the mass, once and for all. With it comes the death of mass economics and mass media, but I don’t lament that, not for a moment.
Shades of the long tail, don’t ya think …
Pop Matters’ Bob Horning says no way: It’s still, and always will be, about ownership and control. Traffick says it’s time to stop setting up ludicrous “straw men” and get on with the real task of building new and more democratic models. I agree, and add – before it’s too late.
People, the world is not flat. In fact, the Internet is making it spikier all the time. Google’s huge main campus is in Silicon Valley for a reason, and its outposts tend toward spiky centers as well, like say downtown NYC.
The key question of our time, as I argued in Rise, is the battle between creativity and control. Creativity is a social, well, inter-subjective process: We do it together and we all learn from history. We are in the midst of a huge, unfolding battle over who will own and control the fruits of this social creativity. The Internet does nothing to solve this problem. That’s what politics – or what one old bearded fellow used to call class struggle – is all about.
Could it be that the creative class is “unconscious”? What say you?