Grant McCracken: Will Digital Culture Ever Invent A Homer Simpson?
Will Clay Shirky's surplus ever create a character that will appear on the Entertainment Weekly "100 greatest characters of the last 20 years" list?
Entertainment Weekly recently gave us the “100 greatest characters of the last 20 years.” The list includes Buffy, Jack Sparrow, Rachel from Friends, Harry Potter, John Locke, Miranda Priestly, and Ron Burgundy.
In his latest book, Clay Shirky suggests that we now have around 1 trillion hours of creative surplus at our disposal. We use this time variously, offering Lolcats and, yes, blog posts.
Will Shirky’s surplus ever create a character that will appear on the Entertainment Weekly list? Will we ever create our own Homer?