The American Dream Reiterated
Posted by themischord on November 1, 2007
From Wikipedia –
In general, the American dream can be defined as being the opportunity and freedom for all citizens to achieve their goals and become rich and famous if only they work hard enough.
I was at a talk on intellectual property. In the context of a company owning the ideas of its employees, this is a part of the dialog that transpired between a student and a professor of law.
Student: So, if I have a great idea why should I work for a big company and give it away to them?
Prof: Because u need their resources and infrastructure for your research. Of course, if you are from the dot com era, u might just need a laptop. Go buy one and work at home by yourself.
Student: But that is ridiculous. It means that I will have to work 9 to 5 in my office for a living, come home and work on my great idea at night. When it’s mature, quit the company, wait for a while and come out with it. What about my family and kids? When will I spend time with them?
Prof: [Smirks] Yeah, we used to call this ‘the american dream’.
Not to talk of how heart-broken the student looked!
So, the american dream is more inclined to foster corporates? Generally speaking, isn’t that the socio-economic structure of a majority of the societies? Can it be any other way? Can an artist/creator own his creation?
I have hope that publishing houses and recoding companies be history some day. But what about the more fundamental economic protocols?