Lets look around. What do we see? Market rules but protestors are ready to fight against global capitalism. Accidents and catastrophes are usual phenomenon. Corporations are in danger every day. Revolutions and wars continue in many spots of the world.
Shortly, the reality is as follows: bullets and tear gas, Bin Laden, ‘big brother’ (cruel almighty authority) and totally rotten bosses. No logic, no method, no morality, no pleasure, no originality – this is how karaoke capitalism looks like.
The aaim of the authors of this book (as they state it) is to make an excursion through the world of commerce and society and to make us acquainted with commercial inspiration. This journey is based on perception that we all are a part of the world in which markets dominate and it does not matter weather we like this or not. We live in the world where money is the meaning of everything, where freedom not always means happiness, and wwhere technological capabilities not necessarily bring profit. This book was an attempt to light up darkest corners of capitalism in hope to find there mental food for inspiration.
So we live in the new world where impossible things are becoming possible. MMany features show that things are changing: the best singer of rap music is white, the best golf player is black, the French blame Americans for arrogance, and Denmark sends its submarines to war in ‘Desert storm’.
In such strange, magnificent, and at the same time troubled time, when everything is possible, the only thing which one should be afraid of is to be afraid of ourselves. It is the book of different perspectives. It is about people, about governing for people’s sake, about individuals who are ready to make others hear them. This book shows that the essence of modern way of living as well as modern company is cultivation and expression of our individuality, singularity, and diversity. Finally we aall are individuals. We can choose ourselves but we also have to face the responsibility for our and other lives. Freedom is followed by responsibility.
Authors of this book write about what they see, read and hear. Not about the world which they would like it to be. They do not argue if things which are happening are wrong or right. They only state that they are happening. ‘There are no good and bad things. Such makes them our thinking’, – SShakespeare said. This is why authors leave possibility for the reader to choose. They offer horizontal analysis joining changes in various areas of life into one whole creating vast view of present time.
Authors invite us to think instead of telling what to think (good questions open the doors and answers shut them down). They think that before trying to create better life, how to work and create competitive corporations successfully, one must have hypothesis about how the world operates.
ONE: INDIVIDUALS: ENDLESS SOLOS
In the world of karaoke capitalism possibilities of individual choice are endless. But it costs. You can pay bay cash or by your competence. Regions, companies and individuals face dilemma: to copy others or to create future of their own. Attempt to copy others and strive to follow the best practices will lead you only to mediocrity. Thus it is better to innovate, not imitate.
Everything what you say or you do not say, everything what you do or you don’t, according to the new laws of commerce, may be used against you. Times are changing. We can use our rights but we can also misapply them. We can act as we like but we must remember tthat we are not alone.
In the whole world people start to use their right to express themselves.
After downfall of communism, after rise and fall of internet communism, only one ‘ism’ is left – individualism. Individualism is endless. It has no limits. Authors of this book state that birth of the individualism was 31st of October year 1517 when Martin Luther King nailed up 95 theses to the door of the church of All Saints. Instead of the right of church to interpret bible, he gave this right to all people.
OPEN and CLEAR. Everyone should hang those two words near the bed and repeat them in the morning and evening because they are the essence of nowadays life. If you try to go against openness you’ll be doomed.
Choose. If a person dances according its own rhythm, and makes others to dance according his own rhythm, this means the victory of choice against coincidence and control.
We managed to make a very long way in a very short time. Nt so long ago our life was controlled by coincidences and now we can choose our sex, were to work, what to eat, where to live, what colour of hear to have etc. CChoice rules. Nothing can stop us. Individual choice is the Holy Grail of market forces. Demand is just a reflection of millions of individual decisions. And market forces – is the strongest religion of present time. Consumption is like act of faith. And priorities become more and more personal. Compromises are at the edge of disappearance. Freedom is followed by decomposition and fragmentation.
And here are the bad news. Karaoke club is opened not for everybody. Even in the world of choice, money is the greatest force. Capital rules, celebrities dominate in the karaoke club. Capabilities is one more way to enter the club. Our lives are stronger and stronger influenced by competencies or their absence. Absence of education can equal to economical dath sentence, while unique talent equal to global passport.
TWO: TECHNOLOGIES: FREED BY ROBOTS
Technology creates opportunities and opens up possibilities for longer and richer lives. Technology frees us to be ourselves – but only if we have the cash or competence. Power is transferred from those who used to control information to those who control knowledge.
Lets discuss a broader view. How did we enter the world of individualization? Changes and variations of technology, institutions, and treasures were
always driven by three main forces – means, rules, and norms. If we do not form change of these forces, then they form us.
We can describe development of technology as a liberation from the main conditions of life given us by God or evolution. Today many people in post industrial world can live independent from many factors such as temperature, rain, etc. Competence overcame climate.
Development of technology doesn’t stop. One good idea generates another. Technology like capitalism moves fforward all the time. Biotechnology and nanotechnology came after informational technology.
It might seem that the robots prevail. But it is not true. Persistent development of technology makes us better understand ourselves as people, as unique individuals. It is amazing that it individualizes us.
It is important to stop blaming technology. People, not technology make decisions. Technology is dedicated to people. What is peoples’ position – this is the question. Whether they are with, or against human kind.
THREE: INSTITUTIONS: CHANGING TTHE RULES
The institutions of the past are being reshaped. Fragmentation and disappearing social capital require that we all become individual institutional innovators. Power is transferred from the rule-takers to the rule-breakers and rule –makers.
Old religions disappointed us. The second step wwill be demolishing of institutions which ruled before. Traditional institutions become a history. In short we can say that social capital, which ...
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