The Idea Economy and Needs
A while ago, there was the Craigslist debacle where a gold digger was lamenting about how she couldn’t find her sugardaddy. In reference to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I think this is the implication in terms of focus:
Think about how our economy has changed from manufacturing to service to ideas. As it is getting progressively abstract, it’s also honing in on the individual as the main source of output – no more assembly lines and systems, it’s all up to you.
By focusing output on the individual, there is a huge premium on self actualization, because only at that stage, is the individual creative and can have ideas. Artists have been doing this for decades, eschewing the comforts of the middle class to slum it out in a ghetto while creating art.
I’ve just started to watch the Rize, a documentary about clowning and krumping, and it seems to hint at the same phenomena. Kids in LA who are growing up in rough neighborhoods found those dance forms as a way to gain esteem, belonging and a sense of safety (because they joined a neutral party in the gang situation).