"She was appalled by West Egg, this unprecedented 'place'... She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand."
-- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The old capitalists were robber barons -- pocket the profit, and sell the loss.
The old capitalists went to bed with government for a few quickies here and then. Favors and regulations, one in the same, were the foundations of a demented, symbiotic relationship between two parasites feeding on the host that was deemed the U.S. economy.
These old capitalists are still the ones in charge, but not for long.
I really don't blame them, these corporations. They're old men trying to make a living in a young economy. If our business models were as terrible as theirs, we'd fight in support of protectionist legislation, too.
Candlestick makers felt this when Thomas Edison came into the picture.
Horse and buggy drivers felt this when Henry Ford came into the picture.
And, just like them... well, it's what the current CEOs felt when we came into the picture -- no one in particular, but nonetheless "we."
Piotr Czerski's poetic manifesto, "We, the Web Kids" -- short and sweet but truly golden at its core -- explains our generation's passionate love for free information.
This is what makes us different; this is what makes the crucial, although surprising from your point of view, difference: we do not 'surf' and the internet to us is not a 'place' or 'virtual space.' The Internet to us is not something external to reality but a part of it: an invisible yet constantly present layer intertwined with the physical environment. We do not use the Internet, we live on the Internet and alongside it.
Similarly, we do not have to be experts in everything, because we know where to find people who specialise in what we ourselves do not know, and whom we can trust. People who will share their expertise with us not for profit, but because of our shared belief that information exists in motion, that it wants to be free, that we all benefit from the exchange of information. Every day: studying, working, solving everyday issues, pursuing interests. We know how to compete and we like to do it, but our competition, our desire to be different, is built on knowledge, on the ability to interpret and process information, and not on monopolizing it.
Countless Tumblr blogs have gone on to spawn books, films, albums, brands and more. We're thrilled to offer our support as a platform for our creators, and we'd never claim to be entitled to royalties or reimbursement for the success of what you've created. It's your work, and we're proud to be a part (however small) of what you accomplish.
It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done, and then [trying] to bring those things into what you're doing. Picasso had a saying, he said, "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.