Robie Hager in “Dream, The Musical”. Photo courtesy of the Author.

If you find yourself posting questions like the following…

  • How can I get an Agent?
  • Is (name of school here) any good?
  • I’ve auditioned (number here) times, called back (number here) times and don’t get any further. What am I doing wrong?
  • Will getting my MFA suddenly propel me to…


The unfortunate problem we face is the likelihood that economists and politicians won't anticipate the disruptive impact of technology in time to prevent wholesale socioeconomics upheaval. Both the left and the right still haven't grasped that when technology substitutes for human labour, the supply/demand curve of labour no longer functions as a dynamic feedback loop for the economy.

It's not entirely unexpected. If you're older than about 40 your frame of reference for the pace of change comes from the 1970's and 1980's. Still a pretty linear pace. But, years of Moore's Law later, the pace is hundreds of times faster.

People growing up today have a different perspective on how fast things are moving and how quickly society needs to change to adapt. As this author has clearly demonstrated in this essay.

Keep banging the drum please!

Great stuff.

I would add that the most critical element in storytelling isn't conflict, it's resolution. Which, without conflict cannot happen.

To the extent that conflict/resolution can honestly display the human condition with it's messy combination of heroic and tragic characteristics our hearts are opened and insight walks in.

That's why storytelling is critical to humans becoming better humans.

Kudos for a well-reasoned primer on the human imperative to rationalize order out of chaos. Economics is an attempt to see the future by looking through the lens of the past. It seems to work until it doesn't. Paradigm shifts are usually sudden and unexpected.

For example, most contemporary discussion…

The thing that's different this time is the accelerating impact technology is having on the supply/demand curve for human labour.

As machine labour, A.I. and technology enabled globalization eliminates the need for human labour in more and more industries, the excess profit is passively migrating to the owners of capital. It's a stealthy contributor to ever increasing inequality and one that doesn't respond easily to conventional approaches to mitigation.

A 90% top rate for income taxation may have worked in the early 20th Century but that was before it became so easy (because of technology) for individuals and corporations to change domiciles. Unfortunately, those conventional policies will prove no more effective than "pushing on a string".

We need 21st Century solutions to 21st Century problems.

Tim Barden

Passionate about the arts, society and technology. IT Professional turned Arts Professional.

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