« copyright and the state | Main | the economic playground: exhibit A »

February 20, 2009



The idea of "economic playground" is most spot on (a potential favorite topic for a "test society" though!).

This idea of collective, distributed R&D in which everybody happily participate as guinea pigs in market innovation (and they don't even get paid) is very interesting. This also connects to a tendency towards the dismantlement of expensive R&D in-house structures and the usefulness of a joyful gift economy of feedback provision. Perhaps this is part of an answer to your question on what kind of a "business value" this playground economy does produce: what it actually does is to lower (or externalize) R&D costs. You economize on the costs of paying both the scientists and the laboratory rats.

Bill Thompson

Do you recall the Simpsons episode 'Grift of the Magi' - http://www.snpp.com/episodes/BABF07 - in which a corporation takes over Springfield Elementary offering more 'fun' for the kids but is actually using them as a marketing development group? It ended badly...



IIRC evolution sometimes precedes via neotony. (For example, human faces resemble those of infant chimpanzees.) And I've often thought society is developing along the same lines.

pat kane

As ever, William, bracing commentary. Nice to see my stuff kicking off this post, have responded in kind http://www.theplayethic.com/2009/03/critiquingtheplayground.html

best, pk

Will Davies

Thanks, Pat. I will continue the dialogue over there

The comments to this entry are closed.