Minds for Sale

Posted by on 04.03.2010 in civics, economics, web

This talk is causing me to reconsider many assumptions and ideals.

For the most part I still believe in cultivating more creative and educational autonomy for ourselves in order to overcome the digital sharecropping and sweatshop-type mind labour that critics are warning us about.

Ultimately I keep coming back to my belief (for now it is based largely on faith) that there must be enough people like me out there (somewhere) who are apathetic about games and incentives — and passionate enough about being responsible and doing genuinely valuable things — to maintain a balance.

The web can and should be used to reveal consequences and open things up for scrutiny, not hide them.

At this point things might go either way, so if we like openness, responsibility, and genuine value so much (as I do), then let’s not waste any time developing good platforms and communities to keep people’s attention preoccupied from the potentially bad ones.

Our challenge is to create and provide experiences (rather than impose them) that will shape social norms to favour moral accountability before too many people get comfortable not having any.