Shift From Consumers to Producers

January 7th, 2004 | Posted by paul in DIY/Maker

Doc Searls makes an interesting comment, one that I have believed would happen increasingly as cheaper, smarter, more user-friendly software hits the market. It’s becoming easier and cheaper for anyone, assuming their motivated, to create their own music, movies and news (blogs), etc. We are seeing a shift from the consumer being transformed into producers, and as Doc Searls says this means a freer, bigger, more diverse and healthy marketplace for all of us.

I predict that within the next decade, we’ll also start to see this same type of shift happen in the manufacturing center, with smaller groups and individuals become the chief innovators, empowered by desktop manufacturing as it gets cheaper and more sophisticated.

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