In the future, everyone will have 15 minutes of obscurity

“Our society is changing from consumers to creators.”

This is the conclusion of SEED’s October article, A Writing Revolution. According to their model, we’ll all have at least 100 readers by 2013.

As both a creative person and an idealist Captain-Planet-era millennial, the idea of a world where everyone can contribute, be heard, and collaborate in a meaningful way with complete strangers makes my little heart go all aflutter. Why wouldn’t everyone want to share? We’re better off when we all work together. You know, with our powers combined.

Unfortunately, this model is wrong. For now. The thing they’ve somehow not realized is that three-quarters of the world still doesn’t have internet. Sigh.

That aside, the implications for even 20% percent of the human population contributing are enormous. As the article points out:

“The period of the first steep rise, near 1500, coincides with the discovery of the New World and Protestantism, which saw the publication of the first vernacular Bible, translated by Martin Luther. The second, near 1800, includes the Industrial Revolution and its backlash, Romanticism.”

The first two are technological leaps that lead to drastic social change. Saying “Governments, businesses, and organizations must adapt to a population that wields increasing individual power,” is a massive understatement. Ideas, when communicated, can change governments, businesses and organizations whether they’re ready for it or not.


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