Imagine, turning around to a lawyer, an accountant, a doctor and telling them that they weren’t going to be paid.
I listened to your advice – but I am not going to use it – so I don’t owe you.Wrote no one ever.
So why does that happen to designers, creators, writers et al?
… Long Live Capitalism.
Here’s a snippet from a long-form interview of Yvon Chouinard in Fast Company.
Question : In the past, you consulted with folks at large companies, such as Walmart, and came away not so convinced of their actual ability to pursue sustainability. If we’re looking to create a better version of capitalism, what do you think should be done with publicly traded companies?Continue reading
Boom! That’s the way it works, for anyone in the innovation or creative business. History decides what is ‘art’, history decides what is ‘important’ …
Meanwhile, you’re just doing your job, you’re just showing up, trying to be a pro, you’re just trying to be a grownup, you’re just trying to get paid.Hugh Mcleod – Gaping Void
Whilst I don’t disagree that ‘history’ decides what is important – Hugh of all people knows that ‘history’ is not neutral. An example would be that ‘History’ for the longest time did not recognize art that came from (say) Africa, because we ‘superior’ Westerners were writing off thousands and thousands of years of ‘art’ – because it didn’t fit into our Western sensibilities and so classified the art into Natural History Museums.Continue reading
The ‘gig economy’ is dopey. Always had a problem w/the term.
For me, a gig is a trident tip spear used for gigging. Period.
Growing up in rural and coastal Connecticut, from April to November, gigging was a principal pastime. We’d go after anything gigable, but mostly bullfrogs and flounder. It was very effective.Continue reading
Bigger than all four of those blogs is Linux Journal, where I wrote a great deal, including what amounted to blog posts on its website, for 25 years. That ended when Linux Journal ceased business in August. Also, as of today the entire site, with all its archives, is offline, erasing a third to a half of what I’ve written online so far.Doc Searls
Think about that …. a third to a half of what you have written online is suddenly not available. And you wonder why I write articles like this.
It’s a cautionary tale because Doc (who’s final position at Linux Journal was Editor in Chief) might reasonably have expected that whoever owned Linux Journal wouldn’t suddenly remove it from public view.
Rule Number One : When it comes to your IP trust no one. Keep your articles and writing in a place that you have access to and control.
Rule Number Two : There is no Rule Number Two.
On a side note, but keeping the theme of Doc … he recently published the links to the last three posts on the VRM Blog. They are good reads.
Counting both noun and verb forms, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) lists and defines thirteen separate ‘gigs’.
‘A flighty, giddy girl’ was where it all started and then ‘spin’, ‘whirl’, ‘whirligig’, ‘fool’, giggle and ‘joke’ are all in one way or associated with the word. Even when you get up to the 18th century where it meant ‘light one-horse carriage’, its origin might be ..
perhaps based on the ‘bouncing, whirling’ sense of the earlier ‘gig’.