Peter Coyote Discusses the Arts and Creativity

I love the quote at 4’45”:

[if] the emphasis was not put on the commodity, but on the creative process itself… everybody would get it.”

true dat.

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  1. I vote that he wins the TED prize.

  2. Someone recently pointed out that at each of the centers of tech innovation in our country ( Seattle, Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, etc.) that prior to that center taking off, there was a blossoming of independent music. Is it all chance that some of the greatest bands came from the same areas that gave us some of the great music?

    The arts are very important, and very under estimated. If they do nothing more than keep kids coming to school, we have more than gotten our money’s worth.

  3. The Chinese are strong on design and artistic aesthetics? o_O

  4. @Hmmm – the products he’s talking about do not originate in China. They are manufactured there, but generally they are designed and marketed by companies based in Northern Europe, Japan or South Korea.

  5. Products are more than the sum of their features. That’s why the PS3 and XBOX 360, despite being record breaking in terms of processing power, were crushed by the Wii. The Wii doesn’t support HD, it doesn’t double as a DVD/Blu-ray player, it does what it’s intended to do, which is to provide a fun gaming experience. It’s similar to how Apple was able to enter both the MP3 and smart phone markets — well established markets with many players — and take significant market share. Their products didn’t have the biggest screens or the most features, but they had the right qualities people wanted.

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