Hi I’m Nick.
Currently in Oregon. Probably will be for a while.
I’m here because I want to be a part of this effort in some way. Its frustrating because the idea of carving out new Systems/Institutions is really really difficult. Not impossible though. I do think there is a missing component to this effort and other efforts like this. It combines an old aspect of American life that is essentially extinct. and other ideas which I will make a more in depth post about later this month.
Here is a preview:
There seems to be several simultaneous problems happening at once. (this is obviously not a comprehensive list)
Over saturation of quick consumable videos
Personal Media bubbles
Increasing disinterest in the physical world
Incentive structures that to heavily weighted towards big tech
The obvious and irritating ideological propaganda of media and
entertainment. (left and right)
In light of these kinds of problems crashing there way through our lives. I think part of the solution (in addition to the creation of new systems/institutions) is there needs to be a “new tent” under which entertainment happens. This “Tent” is not beholden to any large company and more importantly it does not “run on the rails” of the internet. The idea crystallized while I was listening to a book called “The Master Switch” by Tim Wu who is a professor at Columbia Law School. In short the book is about a “history of the American information industry” Where he discusses a pattern that goes something like this:
“invention begets industry and industry begets empire”
the above is what you will find if you search for a book summary.
It’s not inaccurate, but incomplete. He also describes it like this:
Invention leads to industry , Industry becomes empire, empire (think business empire) becomes stagnant and over saturated, new invention disrupts old, rinse repeat.
Anyway when the ideas from this book mixed with other ideas I had been thinking about it rendered something interesting.
So I’ll leave it there for now. Because I want to lay out the full concept so people can rip it apart if it sucks or build off of it. Or if it seems to silly simply ignore it.
Anyway looking forward to connecting with other people. Take care.