Culture Crash

Culture Crash

The Killing of the Creative Class

Book - 2015
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"Social criticism about the Internet, the economic downturn, and post-industrial culture that considers the human costs and unintended consequences of the new world on artists and other cultural workers--the shuttering of bookstores, the collapse of newspapers, the toll of music piracy"-- Provided by publisher.
"Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. All of us must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living. A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists--from graphic designers to indie-rock musicians, from architects to booksellers--out of work. This important book looks deeply and broadly into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and tells us why it matters. Scott Timberg considers the human cost as well as the unintended consequences of shuttered record stores, decimated newspapers, music piracy, and a general attitude of indifference. He identifies social tensions and contradictions--most concerning the artist's place in society--that have plunged the creative class into a fight for survival. Timberg shows how America's now-collapsing middlebrow culture--a culture once derided by intellectuals like Dwight Macdonald--appears, from today's vantage point, to have been at least a Silver Age. Timberg's reporting is essential reading for anyone who works in the world of culture, knows someone who does, or cares about the work creative artists produce"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New Haven ;, London :, Yale University Press,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780300195880
0300195885
Branch Call Number: 305.55 Timberg 2015
Characteristics: x, 310 pages ; 22 cm

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StarGladiator
Jan 27, 2015

This book should appeal to all editors, artists, creative types, et cetera, and it is an outstanding synthesis of the problems, but when Scott offers the solutions he proves he is, unfortunately, ultimately clueless - - Scott is presenting an austistic POV, had he more breadth and depth, he might understand it more full; it affects almost everyone, even the tech types as America went from net exporter of high tech services in 1999, to net importer - - because of the offshoring of so many jobs, and importing of foreign visa workers! Scott states that Carnegie gave away all his riches - - oh really???? [He should attempt to interview Andrew Carnegie Rockefeller, descendant of John D. and Andrew Carnegie.] He quotes Simon Johnson [MIT, formerly with IMF], but it is Johnson who, in every talk he gives, claims the Rockefellers gave away their riches also? Johnson is a highly paid fellow with the Peterson Institute, founded by David Rockefeller and his protege, Peter G. Peterson. Scott's homework assignment: read Dean Koontz's book, Relentless!

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