Friday, February 27, 2015
#58 / Quirky
Quirky.com lets people with ideas for new products get their ideas "crowd sourced," and then perhaps developed. You can read all about it right here, on the Quirky.com website.
You can also read about Quirky in an article titled "The Invention Mob," published in the "Sunday Business" section of The New York Times on Sunday, February 15th.
The Times article tells a "feel good" story about Quirky. After reading the story and feeling good for awhile, though, it suddenly struck me that Quirky is all about the production of consumer goods. In fact, if you type "Quirky.com" into your favorite web browser, here is where the browser takes you: https://www.quirky.com/shop.
Our best aspirations, our most creative impulses, are being directed into ways to fuel our increased production, and then consumption, of things.
Here's another website, as an antidote: The Story of Stuff. I recommend it!