And I am really surprised that Chris Anderson responded from an airport lounge, insubstantially, and with the complaint that we are both on the same side.
First, I don’t see a "we" here. That pretty much dissolved, Chris, when you wrote a remarkably partial book about a remarkably global topic.
And even if it were a better book, University of Chicago rules would apply, and these rules, as I understand them, say:
anthropological discourse is a full contact sport. This is not the time to mince one’s words. There is no point in being rude, but neither should we be unduly amiable or agreeable.
Some would add to this the "rugby rider" that says
on the field of disputation, we are combatants. Off this field, civility, even friendship, may prevail.
I meant the title of the post in question: The Long Tail Strikes Back. Twenty years ago, Anderson’s position as the editor of Wired Magazine would have protected him from criticism. But now that every argumentative know-it-all has a blog, well, the intellectual world has a long tail too. This long tail must make good on its liberty. It can afford to be more forthcoming than other parties and it must insist on doing so or forfeit it’s place in the world.
Finally, I don’t see how Anderson has addressed the issues I raised. So the issues have been raised but now exist in a state of suspension.
The culture camp in Toronto went really well. It was two days with the client looking at
1) ethnography as a way of collecting data about contempory cultures and markets,
2) anthropology has a way of supplying more foundational understandings of contemporary culture and markets, and
3) the intellectual tools that help us think about contemporary cultures and markets.
Toronto worked well as a place in which to stage a Culture Camp.
Several of us (and especially Russell Davies) have been thinking about how best to create floating academies, and I intend to write up this Culture Camp experience when occasion allows.
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