My thoughts on this are a bit of a disjointed mess, so I’ll use bullet points again:
- The population of the Earth keeps increasing. But there probably aren’t enough traditionally productive jobs available for all these new people. As if that weren’t bad enough already (for capitalism anyway) we’re soon going to replace a bunch of jobs with robots.
- If the above is true, won’t there be a disparity between consumers/creators? To consume something, you need to expend money (in a capitalist society anyway). To get money, you have to produce or create something (nebulous though that something might be).
- So if there are waaaay more consumers than creators, how does anyone pay for anything? Do the consumers start creating things? Especially as it gets easier and easier with each passing year. Does capitalism stop? (Probably not, right?) Do they get free money so they can still consume things? What if they consume the wrong things?
- There’s way too much content out there already, with more coming out every second. How are you supposed to find something you’ll like among all the noise? I feel like the things I’ve found that I really enjoy have all been lucky accidents. I don’t like relying on lucky accidents even though that’s basically been my life until now. Can we do better?
- Well, one way to start would be to follow a person who talks about one thing you like. If you learn their tastes well enough, you can usually guess how much you’ll like something based on their opinion of it. This is what I’ve been doing lately. But a similar sort of problem arises here. There are so many damn people willing to talk about things. How do you pick the right one for you?
- In other words, I need someone to review the reviewers. Curate the curators. Find the finders.
- I think this is actually a thing that will happen soon. There’s too much stuff.
- Should I do this? I think it’s quite fun. I won’t do it too regularly, just whenever I find stuff that makes me more excited than usual.
On that note, go watch Twin Peaks. The original two seasons (if you’re getting bored with the second one, watch till episode 9, then watch the last episode), then the movie, and then the new third season.
Go watch Your Name, or Kimi No Na Wa.
Go play Brigador.
Go listen to the Axiom Verge soundtrack.
Go watch both excellent seasons of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.
Go read Marrow, by Robert Reed. Talk to me about it because apparently no one else on the internet is talking about it or him right now.
Go listen to (or watch) Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. If you like it, consider paying the man a pound a month at http://www.gofasterstripe.com or buy one of his dvds or books there.
(Go make a list of links to all the things I’ve mentioned here because I’m too lazy to.)
Go learn Haskell. A little bit. There’s an online tutorial. It’s very weird. I should write about it.
Go draw something. A girl I barely knew at the time drew me a beautiful parrot and framed it and gave it to me as a farewell gift, before I left town and moved to Hyderabad. I have it to this day. I’m going to hang it up in my room when it’s done being painted. I don’t talk to her anymore. It’s so strange that I should have this picture.
Go sing? I sang the first two verses to a song from Taarein Zameen Par to someone I was trying to impress before shutting down from embarrassment. I’ve never sung since.
Go write a blog post about something. I want to read what you have to say. I want to know if I can trust you. I want to know if I can finally stop putting effort into finding the things I find, or finally stop depending on dumb luck for it, and instead just consume what you consume.