With Washington so focused on the economy, I can't resist sharing a sure-to-be controversial column from CNN.com that questions the importance of jobs. Author Douglas Rushkoff asserts in "Are jobs obsolete?" that, as a result of changes in the economy, our focus should no longer be on creating jobs for the unemployed. Instead, we need to change our attitudes and realize the value of "creative activities" that make life "fun, meaningful, and purposeful." "Unlike Industrial Age employment, digital production can be done from the home, independently, and even in a peer-to-peer fashion without going through big corporations. We can make games for each other, write books, solve problems, educate and inspire one another -- all through bits instead of stuff. And we can pay one another using the same money we use to buy real stuff," Rushkoff writes. Maybe this is the ultimate in a sustainable economy. It's definitely a strategy that can minimize the consumption of energy and raw materials. It may be be an interesting idea, but I'm skeptical that the economy is ready to turn away from manufacturing and selling real products. Can more than a small fraction of workers generate enough value from their "creative activities" to avoid living in the basements of friends and family who have traditional jobs?
Are jobs overrated?
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