(When) Did we replace models of sharing with models of hiding? ie, (When) Did we create soul-sucking machines of progress? Television, wall st, military industrial complex, big box stores, etc. We think these systems should be trashed? Or upgraded slightly? Does open information solve their problems? What is the future of large American institutions such as the banks, automotive, pharma, military industrial complex, media publishing, etc. Do you actively work to take them down? Or do you build something better nearby and assume that you can design safe evacuation for the participants?
How do the systems for sharing get to be more successful than the business of hiding? Or are they already with facebook, twitter, flickr, youtube, digg, reddit, craigslist, etc… Bill has left the building. Will Steve leave soon too? Will Linus or many others take over?
Do these ideas translate to physical domain already? Is the enlightened characteristic of “success” the ability to truly democratize content production and credit?
We believe in this thing, therefore we all should be engaged in a broader conversation about the process of sharing information, no?
Does frequency/unit of sharing affect reception and transmission? And when does knowledge “count”? Is it when one person knows? 5? Half? Or when we all know?
There are a bunch of people who are doing the sharing thing already so it shouldn’t be shocking for us to do it to, right? How can we be explicit about what is being done now in specific implementations and what is being done in meta analysis/trends? Should we use the tools of the ad agencies? Or we should invent new methods? What is the sustainable version of the superbowl ad that we use to sell news ideas and processes? Is “flat and peer-to-peer information transfer for all we do in life” the end goal? Does this allow both the capitalist idea of the market solving all with the communist idea of a public trust (all information)?
In terms of the practical and the now, what are the businesses or systems I am using that support sharing and have an ability to overturn an existing business leader?
I should mention that I regularly use firefox (vs safari or ie), openoffice (vs word, excel, etc), vlc (vs itunes, windows media player, etc). I am not using linux (vs windows/macos) but hope to have a linux machine soon. I use arduino and shop at adafruit. I am beginning to use gimp (vs photoshop) and inkscape (vs illustrator/corel). I have been a small user of processing, openframeworks, and codeblocks.
And corporate software I am using: I am currently happy with ableton live (~$400). I don’t like Solidworks (~$3500) and have looked for alternatives but haven’t found anything yet.
Can I actually make a living right now sharing? Or should I still be looking for work in the hiding businesses because that is the reality?