Pure speculation on why
Posted Dec 8, 2005 5:41 UTC (Thu) by felixfix
Parent article: FOSS.IN: A report
I wonder if this is just another stage in a country moving from agriculture and lots of (relative) poverty thru the deveopment stage into a "developed" country. The current developed countries went thru a primitive initial industrial stage where creativity by workers was useless and discouraged. All that was needed was moving the farmer mindset to the factories. But as education spread and industry moved past the assembly line stage, more and more creativity became useful further and further down the pyramid. We are by no means at a stage where everyone is expected to be creative. There are still lots of code monkeys who need lots of supervision and assembly line jobs which require little thinking. But methinks creativity will continue to percolate thru the system. It goes hand in hand with independence.
I wonder if, in a hundred years, creativity will be taken for granted, and the equivalent of code monkeys and assembly line workers will be looked back on as not quaint, but bizarre and primitive and beyond comprehension, as we might look back on illiteracy today. It sparks my mind, seems almost impossible to speculate on how such a radical difference would change society.
I suppose the Internet is just another part of this, making it easier for more people to be creative in their own ways, to find other opinions, for ideas to spread without needing printing presses or broadcast booths.
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