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The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida
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Apr 12, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: urban-studies
Read from April 12 to 21, 2012

yeah, it was pretty bad. it was not as bad as it could've been -- it makes some critiques of precarity which I honestly wasn't expecting -- but ultimately it's a fairly nauseating celebration of the blending of bohemian aesthetics and bourgeois lifestyles. also LOL at the idea that a job in "high-end sales" is a "core creative industry". the creative class *is* the old professional class. there's no change there except in people's ideas of cool, which now arguably have a greater focus on the appropriative consumption of difference.

the central thesis of this book is so ridiculous and unsupported that it renders the whole thing useless. you should only read it if, like me, you're doing some kind of research into the influence of the concept of the "creative class" on urban and social planning and you need to check out this unfortunately rather influential primary source.
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