Monday, November 08, 2004

Meeting of minds re Florida, 3rd try

Appreciating the previous blogs and anticipating Florida's conclusion from halfway through:

1. Florida implies that the creative class can move freely from job to job in defiance of universally incompetent management in search of greater autonomy. How do they make a living, pay for their health care, save, guarantee their retirement? Is he totally goofed, or does he not recognize that to enjoy this much autonomy requires a sizeable support community? Who might that include, besides his ever helpful service workers, Porsche-driving hair-dressers, et al.? How does educational background factor into shaping the creative class as Florida defines it, and how will the increasing exclusion of low-income people from college education shape this class in the future?

2. Noting that Florida's tables show that members of the greater Creative Class make more money on average than the Super-creative core, what happened to the Sciences/Humanities split that everybody was talking about in the late 1980s? Do Scientists/Techs and Humanists suddenly have common economic interests? And if so, why are the financial rewards of the two paths so disparate?

3. Getting at Florida from two different angles: would any of us choose to have a cappuccino with Florida? Is he an agent-provocateur for cultural conservatives? (Consider all the players in a regulated capitalist economy who are missing from his world.)

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