So, this is it. I’m moving to Berlin tomorrow.
I’m packing only the essentials.
The Future: An add-powered cultural slum!
Or why I still pay for music and books:
"One of the effects of this so-called free way of thinking is that it could eventually force anyone who wants to survive on the basis of mental activity (other then cloud-tending) to enter into some sort of legal or political fortress - or become the pet of a wealthy patron - in order to be protected from the rapacious hive mind. What free really means is that artists, musicians, writers, and filmmakers will have to cloak themselves within stodgy institutions.
We forget what a wonder, what a breath of fresh air it has been to have creative people make their way in the world of commerce instead of patronage. Patrons gave us Bach and Michelangelo, but it’s unlikely patrons would have given us Vladimir Nabokov, the Beatles, or Stanley Kubrick.
If we choose to pry culture away from capitalism while the rest of life is still capitalistic, culture will become a slum. In fact, online culture increasingly resembles a slum in disturbing ways. Slums have more advertising than wealthy neighborhoods, for instance. People are meaner in slums; mob rule and vigilantism are commonplace.”
- ’You Are not a Gadget: A Manifesto’ by Jaron Lanier
…and apparently the same goes for having a good time ;)…