I love Google Alerts. Last night one came in that seems to mark a change. Instead of folks like me talking about what we’d like to make possible, this one appears to be non-specialists (with good technical skills) discussing what people can do now.
Rob Burnett, Emmy-award-winning producer (and longtime lead writer) of The Late Show with David Letterman, sometime producer of the Academy Awards show, & creator of the TV show Ed, (among other things) offers some perspicacious advice on what and how to read. As Rob says, you can be smart or you can be stupid. Don’t be stupid, be smart.
In trying to figure out how to upload to youtube one of my own book promotional videos (I know, I’m slow to the partry, give me a break), I came upon this little vid. Check out the first book. OK, in case it goes by too fast, it’s Acts of the Apostles, by me. I was pretty surprised to see that, I must say.
Over on Reality Sandwich, Charles Eisentein has an essay called Money and the Turning of the Age. Its premise is that money is based on a consensus story and only has value so long as the people believe the story. The story of money, he argues, is based on:
— infinite expansion of stuff produced;
— theft and monetization of cultural wealth, and
— arbitrary and ever-growing differences in power between the haves and have-nots.
“Money is merely a social agreement,” Eisentein says. “A story that assigns meaning and roles.”
But what happens when people stop believing the story? What happens when they refuse to play their assigned roles?