Google Buzz and the Creative Class

Not too long ago I had this great conversation re Richard Florida w/ a friend more interested in Geography than I.  I’m a strong “creative class” aficionado, committed to staying in the cities — and social life — that inspires.

The alternative, of course, is to find a place that relaxes (my friend plans to move w/ his immensely lovely wife to South Carolina, a place less attack-prone than DC) and admit that most of the creative class has moved to e-format anyway.

I’ve been in DC almost 3 years now, long enough that my cohort has begun to lose patience and abscond to where folks are perhaps more well-rounded than here.*  While I’m not sure I’ll stay in this city, I remain unconvinced that a thriving e-presence is actually as inspiring as spending time the old-fashioned way — “IRL” — with people who inspire.

Remember when you used to go outside to take pictures of butterflies?  Now you can stay at your desk and Google pictures of butterflies!

*It doesn’t help that I’ve been all of those years in law school!  I love the law and am more than fond of a lawyer or two, but see below a pretty prescient comment re this antithesis to the Creative Class:

ATL: During our interview, you said lawyers make for difficult clients. What are “lawyerly qualities” that make therapy difficult?

Lawyers are distrustful, which makes it very difficult to establish the “therapeutic join” that is necessary for effective psychotherapy. They have it drilled into them that they must be risk adverse – in other words, they must always be bracing themselves for attack, for something to go wrong, for someone to – for lack of a better word – screw them over. And lawyers are always blamed when something goes wrong. They are supposed to think of everything in advance, and be constantly vigilant for even the slightest risk. That’s antithetical to the psychotherapeutic set-up. In psychotherapy, you have to let down your guard and feel free to experiment with identity. It is key, in psychotherapy, that you explore feelings openly, which means saying everything – even things that seem crazy or scary or perhaps that you don’t really mean. I always encourage my patients to free themselves up and even get a little lost in themselves during our sessions. Sometimes you have to get lost in order to find your way to someplace new.

What think, kids?  Are lawyers — and perhaps e-hounds — guarding themselves in a way that stifles creativity and :- growth?  Or are risk aversion and a commitment to the interwebs viable responses/substitutes in this brave new world?


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