The modern culture of Producerism

Modern pessimists will say we've become a society of consumerism . Rising middle-class, dropping prices on basic goods, Wal-mart, large houses, suburbia.

The internet put inexpensive (relatively) publishing tools in the hands of the average public. However, the average public published a

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and then went about their business stealing from babies, collecting and collating their audio collections, downloading video.

Now, however, we are truly moving into an era of producerism. Take exhibit A, the current products of the recent, much lauded "Evening at the Adler". Count them, 1 podcast several dozen pictures, and no less than 6 blogs by the panel let alone any number of the participants.

Each trip I take finds me swarmed by people snapping their pictures, taking video shots, and writing their self-published weblogs. People are infatuated with creating and capturing media and sharing it via Flickr, SmugMug, Snapfish, GoogleVideo, iTMS, Podcasts, VidCasts, mash-ups, RSS.

This all makes me very excited. People are sharing ideas, information, their lives and experiences. I can share, 'mix', consume, redistribute, and learn.

But what does concern me is people enjoying where they are, and what they have. Don't live life through your video camera/blog, use it as a medium to share and reflect.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.