I really liked the Pro-Am Revolution from Charles Leadbeater and I was ready to comment when he published on the web the draft of We Think. I’ve browsed the text after we’ve boarded to London and tasted some Courvoisier and found it so copy-pasted and not researched that I actually abandoned it. Some days later I’ve stumbled upon How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered The World and when I read it I posted some pages of it to my friends. These pages were about Demos and Mr Leadbeater, a read is well worth, indeed.
So here come the comments, just for my own purposes to upgrade my comments on 2020.
Chapter 2 – See Aaron Schwartz on Wikipedia economics. Lovely piece of idealistic stuff. Is China creative? Is India creative? Perhaps I’m misinformed, but the replica higher education of these countries mostly provides soldiers for multinationals, because of their hierarchical and bureacratic contraselection. Regarding open source gladness I would propose the question that why Adobe Photoshop does not have any REAL competition? If you mention Gimp I really advise you to try to use it for real problems. Give a special treatment to the typography section.
Chapter 3 – Who’s gonna hear the voices of their blogs in the noise of the millions of whining diaryblogs? Who knows these people and gives a what. Check the software skinning, localization communities and Deviantart.com. This whole ‘book’ is very lenghty with lots of empty phrases, is not well structured, argues again and again, this is gonna be it. Talk a bit more about how and the bad sides. ‘The iPod generation do not just want to watch and listen’ – how. Do. You. Know. It? Authentic and immediate screams of Londoners on the street would fit your media hunger? How does differ the voice of a media-informed Londoner and the media itself? By the way it’s worth mentioning that while we were watching all the terror craze in London in our Soho-based temporary home, this terror craze was not actually present in London. It was the calmest day of Soho and inner London we’ve ever experienced, while all electronic media shouted ‘terror, terror, terror!’ The most interesting, seemingly fact-based information still comes from independent conspiracy-constructors and The New Yorker. Nice example on Poland. On social production of media I would propose the question whether there will a consensus emerge from the noise of Big Brothers and voyeurism instead of actual actions? The ‘wisdow of few’ seems to be still stronger than the ‘wisdow of crowds’. Could I be an anarchist at heart should I vote for enlightened dictatorship? On the agriculture stuff: concentration of multinational cooperations is bigger than ever in the retail and food industry, no matter you shop at the organic market. Talking of concentrated industries, don’t forget to mention banking, oil and pharmaceuticals. Also what about the education industry? Mentioning Electronic Arts as a leading innovator came as contradiction-in-terms. Open source: IBM can’t charge for software anymore, they charge mandays for their services, what’s the deallie-yo? ‘Any newspaper reader can also become a commentator and publisher.’ But she won’t be necessarily, because she has a lot else to do.
Chapter 5 – All communication is based on a shared experience. All conversation is based on a mutual trust.
Chapter 6 – Didn’t Sims Online fail like hell? The second LEGO Mindstorms is much more interesting. Rap and hip-hop are two different genres, the first one is much like thirty years old, not twenty, while the latte is not really dominant from of music, that one is hip-hop.
Chapter 7 – Talking about the emerging digital, sample based music scene noone should forget to mention the home computers and later the demo scene, please read about the influences of Will Wright, at least. Sibelius will be hammered by Sony Cinescore, I presume.
Chapter 8 – On evolving stuff, should you check out sxc coming from inertia and becoming an international player. Innocent Drinks: damn, I really miss the other SMB posterchild, Primal Soup. The management practices of Gore Tex I really should check out, I wonder does not their superb system spread? Are they public? Cashflow positivity is typical for them?
At this point I’ve almost gave up reading the bulls**t, so I switched to browsing.
Chapter 9 – Editor as a colllaborator. Hmmm. Much like a jealous thief? Scientific positivism über alles.
Chapter 10 – Coming in with McKinsey, I bet they’re top at the British Government payroll. I advise some years of internship at an Eastern European office to grasp a bit of reality. Nokia: leadership, creativity and so. OMG, can’t believe my eyes. Provide a one page factual listing of their actual deed.
Chapter 11 – I definitely should study the case of Curitiba. But I think I will start my polisology course with Planet of Slums. Creativity only don’t seem to be answering my questions regarding the tensions produced by the dramatically changing racial composition and the ‘only-future-is-the-city’ metaphor.
General reading recommended to Mr Leadbeater: Counterculture Through The Ages.