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Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 12:26 pm
Growing old in, and with, Japan

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jdcasten
J.D. Casten
Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Sweet Spots: Growth & Decay

This is a hunch, w/o statistics to back it up, but I’m not sure that I see growth, of say, popular access to the media, declining all too soon… I think more and more people in the future will be plugged into media (anecdotally, like so many Xbox live players already are), plugged into both the mass media and the long tail of various sizes of “independent” media producers, archives, etc… one would hope that a materially minimized and highly media virtualized economy would be more stainable… and allow for perpetual harvested growth atop perpetual decay (albeit renewable energy and recyclable materials would be key to sustainable growth harvesting too).

That is, growth has always only been possible with decay—from harvested crops, to newborns replacing the dying, to the evolutionary appearance of new life forms possibly at the expense of other life forms: wouldn’t a decline in one area simply open doors to other types of growth? An equilibrium between decay and growth might be a “sweet spot.”

I don’t think you, Momus, are an economic minimalist (or for some sort of communist state where only the minimum requirements for everyone’s life and health are met in some sort of well oiled and planned economy): You mentioned a “sweet spot” in a recent post: somewhere between excess wealth and dire poverty. I personally don’t see a skeletal economy as working well for a lot of people… some will want to flesh that out with favorite books, family heirlooms, etc.—and the health care industry is so intertwined with others, a skeletal health care economy would require almost all the rest; and I think health care is going to continue to be a huge part of the economy going into the future (with increasing elderly populations)… there will probably have to be a “sweet spot” for health care adequacy too.

BTW: Is retirement akin to the “after gold?”


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Sweet Spots: Growth & Decay

Sweet spots FTW!


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jdcasten
J.D. Casten
Sat, Feb. 6th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Sweet Spots: Growth & Decay



I've been trying to disentangle the "propaganda" in this StarBurst series from its rock cliche mockery educational element for children-- the assumption "frames" = brands can be critical of bands? Makes me think of Radiohead and No Logo too... bands vs. brands, etc.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Feb. 7th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: Sweet Spots: Growth & Decay

FYI Alan McGee interview in the new Nylon Men's magazine. And a mention of an upcoming documentary on the creation of, er, Creation.


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