Overselling the creative class

Visionaries – The Disco Ball of our time.

“There’s a sleight of hand at work with Florida’s theory, as the middle class that he bemoans as disappearing has actually been largely absorbed by him into the very elastic borders of the creative class, where vast armies of white collar workers find their home alongside tiny numbers of arts bureaucrats and musicians. His fetish for IT workers in particular seems curious, since many of the jobs being done in vast, architecturally praised tech campuses are, in basic function indistinguishable from the sort of grinding desk labour done on vast office floors in skyscrapers by men in gray flannel suits, 60 years ago.”

  • Hard Little Machine

    I apply a very simple rubric. Any academic who’s appeared on NPR more than twice, is prattling nonsense. Any academic who’s made more than one TED talk, is a fake.

  • canminuteman

    The problem with this is no two people define class the same way. Some people define it by income, some by job and some by birth. In Britain, there is an impoverished middle class and upper class, because being upper class is defined by blood and being middle class is defined by occupation.

    I suspect that pre WW11 in Canada the middle class would have be defined as business owners and professionals. People in the trades or who worked in factories would think of themselves as working class. Post WW11 class came to be defined by income rather than occupation and the economic boom created an industrial middle class as a new phenomena.

    Canada boomed in the post WW11 era, and those days were bound to end and they are never coming back. We have to accept and adapt to that. The end of WW11 brought a unique set of circumstances that are unlikely to be repeated. The world was in ruins and needed to be rebuilt and there was a shortage of labour. This led to the rise of the industrial middle class. It was inevitable that our enemies and ruined competitors would eventually recover and the good times would come to an end. We are drawing down on the social capital built up over half a century of good times and it it rapidly running out. What comes next is anyone’s guess.

    • Valid points but accelerated by a rapacious corporate class who used free trade deals to destroy jobs via off-shoring.

      • canminuteman

        I think the corporate class has always been rapacious, and I suspect that in the past hiring Canadians was the best economic choice, When the market was North America, North American companies manufactured there goods here. Using GM as an example, in the past there wasn’t a huge market for their products outside of Canada and the US. Now China is their biggest market, and the rest of the world outside of North America is a huge market. If they can build a car in China to sell in China, why would they build it here and ship it over? Not saying I agree with it. Personally I will never buy another GM car again and I will never buy a car built in China either.