Interesting word, commerce. It most obviously refers to trading goods and services. But it is quite often used in a more general, abstract sense. The “commerce of minds” Bachelard refers to is a far cry from what the United States Department of Commerce, much less a local Chamber of Commerce engages in. Although since one of the United States’s most lucrative and important industries is movies and television, maybe there’s not so much difference after all.
Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
- Gaston Bachelard
The Internet can be aptly be described as a “clearance sale” for the ideas of the ages. It’s pretty clear that nobody will pay much for any of them. On the other hand, Kierkegaard may have been overvaluing ideas: abundance does change everything. When ideas become so abundant, other factors of production become much more important: timeliness, execution, branding.
Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.
"… In much the same way that Africa’s lack of significant telecom capacity was a boon rather than a hindrance to the emergence of mobile telephony, its lack of legacy infrastructure for everything ranging from waste management to energy utilities could provide the appetite — non-existent in the West — for genuinely transformative, future-friendly reconceptualization of the very notion of infrastructure.
Technology and new concepts of living, as well as progressive notions of urbanization, industrial capitalism, consumerism, ecotourism, and renewable systems, could meld to fashion a new shared-growth paradigm. Such a paradigm, proponents argue, can easily bypass the clunky, wasteful, inequitable, and socially non-scalable physical infrastructure legacy of the West, propelling Africa, uniquely among continents, into a true 21st Century style of civilization….”
Car shows had been growing in size and public interest since 1900. The 1925 Automobile Show in New York drew record crowds.
Early show cars had been expensively hand painted. While Ford’s Model Ts did in fact come in other colors than black, choices were limited and all were somber.
General Motors and Du Pont worked together in the early 20s to develop Duco automotive paint, a quick-drying enamel that was durable, cheap, and easy to apply. And it could be made in brilliant colors. Du Pont hired a man named H. Ledyard Towle, who had worked with the camouflage experts in the French Army during World War I to direct its color-planning division.
By 1925, the new, brilliantly colored cars were all the rage. An important step on the road to mass consumerization had been taken.
"…I use the word API, Dave refers to it as platform, either way you’re looking at companies that leverage the ecosystem around them hard in all aspects of their development, from investment to mentoring to market expansion…."
"…Despite the bliss this ignorance provides, this selective blindness isolates me from other people I care about by extending the difference between the way we see the world. In other words, I often don’t see the subtle (and sometimes loud) purple hues of gender…."
This is a really interesting piece about studying the dynamics of how pedestrians behave. Turns out there are major cultural differences in whether you step to the right or to the left when you’re in danger of bumping into somebody, for example.
The Republicans, true heirs to the great Josef Goebbels that they are, cleverly suggest that there’s not just voter fraud going on (there’s not really), but that there are zombies involved. Since one in three Americans believe in ghosts , this is probably a good strategy.