Questioning The Idea of a Creative Class
Jeff Jarvis has a compelling post describing how we’re witnessing the end mass production and of a priestly, elite creative class. He explains that though the internet does not make us more creative, it’s an open platform for sharing, where the best will stand out. A place where merit is not defined solely by a taste making gatekeeper.
Jarvis explains how we are all “the creative class”:
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.