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Is the Creative Class Engine Sputtering? 520

Geoffrey.landis writes "The 'creative class' was supposed to be the new engine of the United States economy, but according to Scott Timberg, writing in Salon, that engine is sputtering. While a very few technologists have become very wealthy, for most creative workers, the rise of amateurs and enthusiasts means that few are actually making a living. The new economy is good for the elite who own the servers, but, for most, 'the dream of a laptop-powered "knowledge class" is dead,' he says."
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Is the Creative Class Engine Sputtering?

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  • by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Friday October 07, 2011 @01:48AM (#37635744) Journal

    Machines made manual labor a cheap commodity, and offshoring made brains a cheap commodity. There's fewer and fewer new organs to economically milk. Maybe our yankers will give us another decade or two.....if you have a good one.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 07, 2011 @03:11AM (#37636170)

    "The true creative class is the people who are willing to put forth the hard work to study particle physics, microbiology, colloid science, differential equations, managerial accounting, and parallel algorithms."
    Ah.... spoken like a true geek.

    Yeah, right, those things are "creativity".

    Heaven forbid recognising the creative arts, which would mean admitting that PIRACY IS MORALLY WRONG, AND IS THE NUMBER ONE REASON WHY IT IS SO HARD TO MAKE A LIVING FROM CREATIVITY.

    Trust a Slashdot discussion to veer instead towards saying that people trying to earn money from their creativity -- so-called "patent trolls" -- are the bad guys.

    Now, mod me down, aspie assholes.

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Friday October 07, 2011 @03:56AM (#37636346) Homepage Journal

    All eliminating patients would do is remove any incentive to actually develop new ideas at all.

    It would also put doctors and nurses out of work.

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